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The Savages (2007)

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

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Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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

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1 February 2008 (USA)  »

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La famille Savage  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,859, 2 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,610,326, 27 April 2008
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Trivia

At one point in the movie, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) says to Wendy (Laura Linney), "We're not in a Sam Shepard play." In 2000 Hoffman co-starred on Broadway in "True West," written by Sam Shepard. See more »

Goofs

When Larry drives to Buffalo to pick-up Wendy for the day, he brings his dog, the cat, and the house-plant. They all leave together and when they end up in the hotel room, the dog is gone. Then when Larry drops off Wendy back at John's house, she has her cat and house-plant but Larry's dog is still missing. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Are you married?
Wendy Savage: No... but my boyfriend is.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Nostalgic Melody
Written by Jack Beaver
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Really Great Film! Great Cast!
7 November 2007 | by 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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