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The Savages (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  17 January 2008 (Singapore)
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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

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Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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17 January 2008 (Singapore)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$151,859 (USA) (30 November 2007)

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$6,610,326 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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Director Tamara Jenkins contacted Carter Burwell to score the movie. Burwell had already committed himself to score No Country for Old Men (2007), so he refused, but recommended Stephen Trask to Jenkins. See more »

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When John is teaching his class, he receives a phone call, a student raises her hand and calls him Mr. Savage. However, earlier in the film it is learned that he has a PhD, therefore she should have referred to him as Dr. Savage. See more »

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Wendy Savage: Maybe dad didn't abandon us. Maybe he just forgot who we were.
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Two of a Kind
Written by Johnny Mercer and Bobby Darin
Performed by Hal Blankenship and Joan Jaffe with Timo Elliston on piano and Saadi Zain on bass
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Really Great Film! Great Cast!
7 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this last night at the Sedona Film Festival. This is a great movie. Although it may be a depressing subject, no one can deny that it is real life. It's one of those odd comforting type movies in that it allows the viewer to relate on a personal level.

The acting is superb. Hoffman and Linny draw you right into their lonely worlds. They deliver a poignant realistic view of adult life after being abandoned as a child. They really compliment each other. I would be happy to see some nominations in the future for this one. I also hope they get to work together again.

It's definitely a must see. Put it on your list.


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