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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.

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

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Kasia
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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$151,859, 2 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,610,326, 27 April 2008
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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 »

Goofs

Lenny Savage's girlfriend's children claim a prenup-like document prevents Mr. Savage from common law marriage claims on the Arizona home he has been living in for 20 years, however, the state of Arizona does not recognize common law marriage. See more »

Quotes

Wendy Savage: Are you Simone?
Simone: I am.
Wendy Savage: I'm Lenny Savage's daughter in B26. He has a big red pillow; it's missing.
Simone: Did he have his name on it?
Wendy Savage: And his room number.
Simone: What's it look like?
Wendy Savage: Big. Red. Pillow.
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Features The Big Noise (1944) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Composed by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
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Terrific!
7 November 2007 | by 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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