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The Savage Is Loose (1974) Poster

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In an almost unprecedented move George C Scott released this film in a unique way. He would sell the theatre a print and then split advertising costs with the theatre. The theatre would then keep all and any money they made when they showed the film. Scott was a major movie star at the time and this was a major effort to buck the whole system of how films were, and are to this day, distributed. Unfortunately the film did not find an audience but remains a daring attempt to change the way filmmaker and distribution work together.
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Final film directed by George C. Scott.
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Frank DeFelitta originally intended to direct the film himself.
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George C. Scott attributed the film's failure to the R rating it received. (Though the scathing reviews might have had more to do with it.)
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During the filming, John David Carson stayed with George and his wife, Trish Van Devere, on their boat, the Elegante, that was moored about one-half mile off Puerta Vallarte.
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John David Carson, George C. Scott, and Trish Van Devere first worked together in the 1973 film "The Day of the Dolphin", where Carson had a small part.
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As a result of watching John David Carson's performance as a mentally handicapped young man in a television show in 1973, George C. Scott offered Carson the part in "The Savage is Loose". It is ironic because Carson had worked with Scott earlier that year and didn't think of him for the role.
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