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The Savages (2007)

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



Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ms. Robinson
Bill Lachman
Nancy Lachman
Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship ...
Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig ...
Mr. Sperry


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La famille Savage  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,610,326 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Wendy Savage: Dad has been writing on the walls with his shit!
Jon Savage: [half asleep] Wen, what the fuck are you talking about?
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Little Gem
16 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you look for honesty portrayed in film, you can't do much better than The Savages. This is an example of the type of film that rarely sees the light of day, simply because it refuses to compromise. Despite it's grim subject matter, there is plenty of humor in this film, which mainly arises from the absurdity of situations that feel so genuinely familiar. All the performances across the board are fantastic, and Ms. Jenkins was miraculously able to get funding for a film that didn't include the casting of a single "pretty young thing". Every single person in the the film genuinely looks like the real article (note: for equally impressive casting, check out Sarah Polly's "Away From Her".) There are numerous places where this film could've taken a turn into typical Hollywood schmaltz and portrayed situations in a less-than-honest way, but it's director and actors refused to go there. Thank goodness they didn't.

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