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Director:
Writers:
George W.S. Trow (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
21 June 1973 (France) See more »
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Plot:
An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for it's innate barbarism. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lewis J. Stadlen ... Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Anne Francine ... Carlotta, a Hostess

Thayer David ... Otto Nurder, a Capitalist

Susan Blakely ... Cecily, a Debutante
Russ Thacker ... Andrew, an Eligible Young Man

Salome Jens ... Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
Margaret Brewster ... Lady Cora
Neil Fitzgerald ... Sir Harry
Eva Saleh ... Zia, the Child
Ultra Violet ... Iliona, a Decadent

Asha Puthli ... Asha, The Forest Girl

Martin Kove ... Archie, a Bully
Kathleen Widdoes ... Leslie

Christopher Pennock ... Hester

Sam Waterston ... James, the Limping Man
Paulita Sedgwick ... Penelope, a High-strung Girl
Lilly Lessing ... Narrator
Claus Jurgen ... Narrator
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Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
George W.S. Trow (screenplay) (as George Swift Trow) &
Michael O'Donoghue (screenplay)

James Ivory (based on an idea by)

Produced by
Anthony Korner .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Joseph Saleh .... executive producer (as Joseph J.M. Saleh)
 
Original Music by
Joe Raposo 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
 
Film Editing by
Kent McKinney 
 
Production Design by
Jack Wright III  (as Jack Wright)
 
Costume Design by
Joan Hanfling 
Susan Schlossman 
 
Makeup Department
Martin Downey .... hair stylist
Gloria Natale .... makeup artist
Bernice O'Reilly .... wigs
Emanuel Olivericia .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jean-Luc Botbol .... production manager
 
Art Department
George Jenson .... table settings (as George Jensen)
Charles White III .... illustrator (as Charles White 3rd)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound
Jack Cooley .... re-recording engineer
John Flyn .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffery Bolger .... assistant camera
Robert Kenner .... assistant camera
Rick Raphael .... electrician
Dustin Smith .... electrician
Bob Vee .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janice Moore .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Mary Brown .... assistant editor
Robin Schwartz .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Don Ashworth .... musician: woodwinds
Bob Cranshaw .... musician: bass
Danny Epstein .... musician: percussion
Wally Kane .... musician: woodwinds
Jim Mitchell .... musician: giitar and banjo
David Nadien .... musician: solo violin
Joe Raposo .... musician: piano
Ed Shaughnessy .... musician: percussion
Alan Studman .... musician: solo cello
 
Other crew
Patricia Birch .... choreographer: sequence "Steppin' on the Spaniel"
Frank DiBari .... assistant to producer
Michael Doret .... title designer
Howard Goodman .... assistant to producer
S. Ruth Gringas .... assistant to producer
Jeffrey Jacobs .... assistant to director
Janet Kern .... continuity
Alice Marsh .... assistant to executive producer
Roger Moorey .... assistant to producer
Mohan Nadkarni .... assistant to producer
Mohan Nadkarri .... assistant to producer
Serge Nivelle .... assistant to director
Edward E. Robbins .... assistant title designer
Jessica Saleh .... assistant to producer
Nathaniel Tripp .... assistant to director
Stephen Varble .... assistant to director
Charles White III .... title designer (as Charles White 3rd)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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USA:106 min
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First cinema film of 'Susan Blakeley'.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Watch it for the savage wit of Michael O'Donoghue, 15 May 2001
Author: craigjclark from Haddonfield, NJ

Arguably one of the most bizarre films Merchant-Ivory ever produced, "Savages" is definitely a product of its times (the late '60s/early '70s), yet it still holds certain charms. James Ivory may have come up with the original idea, but it's screenwriters Michael O'Donoghue and George Swift Trow who made the most of the concept, offering up examples of all types of physical and verbal savagery.

The film's a little slow at the start -- after the opening credits it runs like a silent black and white film (with title cards and everything) for some time -- but stick around long enough and it becomes sepia-toned and finally full color as the Mud People take on the outward appearances of high society while still retaining their primitive identities.

Recommended for fans of O'Donoghue's acid wit and anyone who isn't afraid of satire.

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