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

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Larry
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Eduardo
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Jimmy
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Ms. Robinson
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Bill Lachman
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Nancy Lachman
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Doris Metzger
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Burt
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Lizzie
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Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig ...
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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:

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

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

Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is older brother to Wendy (Laura Linney). In real life, Linney is older than Hoffman. 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

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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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard
Written by Henry W. Petrie (as Henry Petrie), Philip Wingate, and Dick Manning
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Terrific!
7 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this at an early screening last night in LA, with Philip Seymour-Hoffman in attendance. It is a first-rate movie. The acting is impeccable, the story is subtle and engaging, the camera work is lifelike and natural.

The most impressive part of the movie for me was it's attention to detail. It is a story about three people's lives as they intersect, and while the film spotlights the interactions that ensue, it is not at the expense of other stories that are occurring in the background.

I loved it. And while the subject matter can be emotional, it has a very smart humor as well.


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