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Savannah Smiles (1982)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  May 1982 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Miller ...
Bridgette Andersen ...
Chris Robinson ...
Richard Driscoll
Lt. Savage
Harland Dobbs
Barbara Stanger ...
Joan Driscoll
Father Ohara
Philip Abbott ...
Chief Pruitt
Farmer Wilma
Ray Anzalone ...
Grocery Clerk
Carol Wayne ...
Don Steffey ...
Oscar Rowland ...


The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not too bright crooks who are slowly converted into parent figures as the police web closes down on the supposed kidnappers. Written by John Vogel <>

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police | car | politician | hat | doctor | See more »


Comedy | Family


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May 1982 (USA)  »

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Since this movie was porn actress Savannah's favorite film, she named herself after it. See more »


[Driving in the mountains]
Savannah: Picnics are so much fun Alvie, you'll have the best time in your whole life.
Alvie: You want a bet?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »


My White Knight
by Ginger Brown
Background vocals by Carolyn Brooks, Debby Hooper, Lori Perry, Dave Garner, Jay Anderson,
Eddie Dunn, Lucy Crane
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Similarities with "Monsters, Inc."
1 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite films as a kid, as I often had runaway fantasies of my own (who didn't want to get away from their parents at some point in their childhood?). This movie parallels a more recent, widely popular movie "Monsters, Inc." Think about it: both movies involve two male characters who are friends/co-workers/partners-in-crime. These characters are encountered by a small, cute, little girl from another world (in "Savannah Smiles", the girl is from a world of wealth while the guys are from "the wrong side of the tracks"; and in "Monsters, Inc.", a girl from the human world enters into the monster world). Also, Alvie and Boots are seen as "monsters" (since they are criminals) and are misjudged by others. (It can be argued that Alvie is like Sulley from "Monsters, Inc." since he's the leader and Boots is a lot like Sulley's sidekick Mike). As in both movies, the two main characters do not want the little girl at first and are desperate to get rid of her (for fear of the repercussions)--but they soon grow to love her, ending in a tearful goodbye when the girl is returned home.

Try watching both movies back-to-back and see for yourself the similarities. I'm not implying that the writers of "Monsters, Inc." stole their ideas from "Savannah Smiles", I just thought it was a neat coincidence that they had such similar themes.

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