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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?


One of two films released in the same year co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman which center around sibling relationships. The other is Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) See more »


Jon Savage drives his Polish girlfriend to the airport at 6:30 AM, in broad daylight. But in November in Buffalo, it would be pitch dark at this hour (even on November 1, sunrise isn't until 7:46). See more »


[watching a silent movie; a woman walks onscreen]
Lenny Savage: See, she's making me my dinner!
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Features The Big Noise (1944) See more »


Cheek to Cheek
Written by Irving Berlin
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Excellent Movie
30 January 2008 | by (Toronto,Canada) – See all my reviews

I would say this is one of the most underrated movies of 2007.This movie has it all,acting,directing,comedy,true life etc.So many of us baby boomers can really identify with this movie and what the characters are going through.I had the opportunity of seeing this movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2007,and when the tickets went on sale to the public for the two showings they were both sold out within 30 minutes.This is a must see movie that just doesn't get the ravings that so many other movies are getting.Now that it has had two nominations for this year's Academy Awards let's hope that it gets its rightful recognition.

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