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The Savage Is Loose (1974)

A husband, wife and their son are stranded on a remote island with no way off; as the son grows older, sexual tensions emerge.



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Young David (as Lee H. Montgomery)


A husband, wife and their son are stranded on a remote island with no way off; as the son grows older, sexual tensions emerge.

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No matter how many films you see none will match the emotional IMPACT of The Savage is Loose See more »


Adventure | Drama


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15 November 1974 (USA)  »

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I apomonosi  »

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Frank DeFelitta originally intended to direct the film himself. See more »


Young David: Mother?
Maida: Yes?
Young David: Can we get married when I grow up?
Maida: Oh, David, you are such a funny child!
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Thank God for video stores going out of business.
10 January 2001 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Upon taking a final cursory glance at the dusty back shelves of a semi-local video store going out of business, already with an armful of moldy oldies such as "House on the Edge of the Park" and "Slime City" (at five bucks a piece), I caught sight of this long out of print study in Oedipal politics set on a jungle island where a young boy, taught to obey the rules of the wild, discovers that his only sexual partner is his sexy mother. So it's a battle of wills between he and his father to decide who, as Lou Reed said, can "bag their beloved Big Bird."

It's not anywhere near as kinky as it sounds; Mostly this takes the high dramatic road, and pulls it off reasonably well, although much of it's intentions are dampened by George C. Scott's inert direction.

On a final note, I would like to point out that I put down an original video copy of Larry Cohen's "It's Alive" to buy this one. Think I made the right choice?

Yeah I thought so.

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