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The Savages -- Jon Savage and his sister Wendy don't get along too well and they would both prefer not to try. Growing up with an abusive and absentee father, neither one has any idea about how to live in a loving family unit. But when they get the news that their elderly father Lenny is starting to show signs of dementia, and that his girlfriend refuses to care for him any longer, the two siblings must put aside their differences and come together to help a man who was never there for them.
The Savages -- A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
The Savages -- Clip: Pull the plug
The Savages -- Interview: Phillip Seymour Hoffman "On the storyline"
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Laura Linney ... Wendy Savage

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Jon Savage

Philip Bosco ... Lenny Savage

Peter Friedman ... Larry

David Zayas ... Eduardo

Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Jimmy

Cara Seymour ... Kasia

Tonye Patano ... Ms. Robinson

Guy Boyd ... Bill Lachman

Debra Monk ... Nancy Lachman

Rosemary Murphy ... Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship ... Burt

Joan Jaffe ... Lizzie
Sage Kirkpatrick ... Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Sperry
Sandra Daley ... Attendant

Peter Frechette ... Matt

Jennifer Lim ... Manicurist #1

Kristine Nielsen ... Nurse

Christopher Durham ... Doctor

Maddie Corman ... Annie
Cynthia Darlow ... Nurse #2

Carmen Roman ... Administrator

Nancy Lenehan ... Counselor
Michael Higgins ... Resident #1
Madeline Lee ... Resident #2

Tijuana Ricks ... Valley View Nurse

Margo Martindale ... Roz

Erica Fae ... Woman in Parking Lot (as Erica Berg)

Michael Blackson ... Howard
Sidné Anderson ... Simone
Patti Karr ... Woman with Red Pillow

John Bolton ... Father in Mall Lot

Zoe Kazan ... Student

Lee R. Sellars ... Father (as Lee Sellars)
Marianne Weems ... Director
Tobin Tyler ... Valley View Nurse #2
Debbi Fuhrman ... Physical Therapist
Lili Liu ... Manicurist #2
Max Jenkins-Goetz ... Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Huff ... Tandem Bike Rider (uncredited)
Elaine Huff ... Tandem Bike Rider (uncredited)
Diane Michelle ... Videotape Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Alyssa Waldrip ... Young Girl Coloring (uncredited)

Directed by
Tamara Jenkins 
Writing credits
Tamara Jenkins (written by)

Produced by
Anthony Bregman .... executive producer
Jim Burke .... executive producer
Anne Carey .... producer
Lori Keith Douglas .... co-producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Alexander Payne .... executive producer
Jim Taylor .... executive producer
Erica Westheimer .... producer
Fred Westheimer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen Trask 
Cinematography by
W. Mott Hupfel III (director of photography) (as Mott Hupfel)
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Jane Ann Stewart 
Art Direction by
Suttirat Anne Larlarb  (as Suttirat Larlarb)
Mario Ventenilla 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson  (as David Robinson)
Makeup Department
Claudia Breckenridge .... hair assistant: Arizona
Shannon Harrington .... additional hair stylist
Jason Hayes .... key hair stylist
Loretta James-Demasi .... makeup assistant: Arizona
Cassandra Keating .... makeup assistant (as Casandra Keating)
Stacey Panepinto .... key makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Mike Ryan .... production supervisor: Arizona
Robin Sweet .... unit production manager (as Robin Nelson Sweet)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second second assistant director (as Nicholas Bell)
Christopher Carroll .... second assistant director: Buffalo
Jesse Nye .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Alfonso Trinidad .... second assistant director
Art Department
Stuart Auld .... lead scenic artist (as Stuart E. Auld)
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
Glen Bowen .... construction grip (as Glenn Bowen)
Sam Burrell .... key construction grip (as Sam Burell)
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Matt Callahan .... set decorator: Arizona
Steve Caterelli .... set dresser
Ariel Chudzikiewicz .... art department intern
Daniel Ciampa .... scenic artist
Olenka Denysenko .... first assistant props
Rich Fuentes .... set dresser: Arizona
Kley Gilbuena .... second assistant props
Sam Gutierrez .... leadman: Arizona
Alan J. Lawson .... charge scenic artist
Nili Lerner .... scenic artist
Bruce McNally .... scenic artist
Vanessa Merrill .... art department coordinator
Keith Mosca .... property assistant: Arizona
Jessica Nyssen .... scenic artist (as Jessica Nissen)
Rob Pierson .... art swing: Arizona
Karnig Poryazian .... set dresser
Joseph Proscia .... leadman (as Joseph F. Proscia)
Malcolm Reid .... construction foreman
Michael Rosebush-DiCenzo .... art department intern (as Michael Rosebush-Dicenzo)
Christian W. Russhon .... property master: Arizona (as Chris Russhon)
Tracy Sagalow .... art department intern: Arizona
Kyle Salvatore .... set dresser
Jon Scardino .... assistant props: Buffalo
Jayme Schere .... props intern: Arizona
Anu Schwartz .... on-set dresser
Christine Skubish .... scenic artist
Jessie Walker .... camera scenic artist (as Jesse Walker)
Cathy Wassylenko .... scenic artist
Danielle Webb .... set dressing shopper
Steve Cascarelli .... set dresser (uncredited)
Elizabeth Minot .... set dresser (uncredited)
Julio Palma .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Pitalo .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nicholas R. Allen .... sound mixer: Arizona (as Nick Allen)
Benjamin Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ben Cheah)
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Diana Cleland .... sound utility: Arizona
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Andrea Horta .... adr supervisor
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
Eric McAllister .... assistant sound editor
Jan McLaughlin .... sound utility
Mathew Price .... production sound mixer
Jacob Ribicoff .... supervising dialogue editor
Timothia Sellers .... sound utility
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
John Werner .... foley editor
Ronald L. Wright .... boom operator: Arizona (as Ron Wright)
Anthony Adams .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects coordinator (as JC Brotherhood)
Mike Murphy .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital effects artist
Michael L. Castillo .... digital visual effects supervisor: LaserPacific (as Michael Castillo)
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration artist
Vincent Lavares .... data manager: Laser Pacific (uncredited)
Bruce Mann .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Matt Sell .... digital artist (uncredited)
Roy Farfel .... stunt rigger
Stephen Mann .... stunt rigger
Michael Russo .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Russo)
Brian Smyj .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Agliata .... camera operator
Anthony Arnaud .... grip
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator: Arizona
Mike Aufiero .... electrician: Arizona
James Bastian .... electrician: Arizona
Daniel Beaman .... dolly grip (as Dan Beaman)
Giacomo Belletti .... camera department intern
Dave Bull .... best boy electric: Buffalo
Joe Bunce .... grip: Buffalo
Ian Carmody .... camera loader: "b" camera
Jeff Clark .... electrician: Arizona
Jay Coolidge .... grip: Arizona
Divine Cox .... grip
Joseph Czerw .... electrician (as Joe Czerw)
Bart Durkin .... electrician: Buffalo
Leighton Edmondson .... best boy electric
Mark Fellman .... still photographer: Arizona
David Flanigan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Flanigan .... second assistant camera
Mike Frederickson .... grip: Arizona
Dennis Green .... playback: 24-frame
Dan Hersey .... first assistant camera
Scott Hess .... grip: Arizona
Travis Holt Hamilton .... grip: Arizona
Gerard Kawczynski .... second assistant camera: Buffalo
Kevin Kilcher .... camera loader: Buffalo
Eric Koski .... electrician: Arizona (as Erik Koski)
Nina Kuhn .... electrician
Michael A. Leo .... additional electrician
Dave McAllister .... best boy grip
Robert McKay .... electrician: Arizona
James McMillan .... key grip (as Jimmy MacMillan)
Geoff Nangle .... electrician: Arizona
Iris Ng .... electrician
Steve Peloquin .... grip (as Steve Pelequin)
Travis Quegan .... grip: Arizona
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Von Scott .... second assistant camera: Arizona
Rick Seeberg .... best boy grip: Buffalo
Gary W. Shaw .... dolly grip: Arizona (as Gary Shaw)
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
John Stewart .... lighting technician
Frank Stubblefield .... generator operator (as W. Frank Stubblefield)
Michael Tesfai .... electrician: Arizona
Elisa Vasquez .... camera loader
Elisa Vasquez .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeremy Wren .... electrician: Arizona
Jon Yirak .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Arizona (as John Yirak)
Ryan Bushman .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Marshall Coles .... electrician (uncredited)
Lamont Crawford .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Franz Wise .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kit Abate .... casting intern: Arizona
Nicole Abellera .... casting associate
Morgan Donaho .... casting assistant
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: Kee Casting
Faith Hibbs-Clark .... local casting: Arizona
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
Joanne Bloom .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Leslie Woo .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Bastian .... wardrobe intern: Arizona
Joanna Brett .... assistant costume designer
Adam Butera .... wardrobe assistant
Jennifer Carnival .... wardrobe intern
Meredith Driscoll .... key costumer (as Meredith M. Driscoll)
Jill Graves Power .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jill Graves)
Maggie McFarland .... costumer: Arizona
Casa Wilson .... wardrobe intern
Lucia Lettini .... set costumer (uncredited)
Angela Mirabella .... additional set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Franziska Blatner .... post-production intern
David Cole .... digital intermediate color timer: LaserPacific
Donnie Creighton .... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific
Stephanie Dichiara .... post-production intern
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
Matthew Engler .... post-production intern
Louise Ford .... post-production intern
Fiorella Glave .... post-production intern
Amelia Golden .... post-production intern
Andrew Goodney .... digital intermediate engineering support: LaserPacific
Jamie Gross .... post-production intern
Ned Harvey .... post-production intern
Ryan Helsley .... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific
Doug Jaqua .... color scientist: LaserPacific
Sam Kretchmar .... post-production intern
Brian McNulty .... post-production consultant
Ali Muney .... assistant editor
Sharon Perlman .... post-production intern
Peter Shanel .... post-production intern
Aaron Sherman .... post-production intern
Jason Spencer .... post-production intern
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter: World Cinevision
Daniel Worlock .... post-production intern
Kyle DeVriendt .... digital film recordist (uncredited)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Bonn .... music editor
Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg .... conductor
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Patricia Feliciano .... assistant engineer
Amanda Goodpaster .... music editor
Greg Hayes .... score recording engineer
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Stewart Lerman .... music producer
Tim O'Heir .... score mixer
Tim O'Heir .... score recording engineer
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance (uncredited)
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor (uncredited)
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ed Battista .... driver: New York
Paul Castiglione .... driver: New York (as Paul Castiglioni)
Peter Clores .... transportation captain
Richie Hubka .... driver: New York (as Rich Hubka)
Ken C. Johnson .... driver: New York (as Ken Johnson)
Robert Johnson .... driver: New York (as Bob Johnson)
Jim Kelly .... driver: New York
Jim Lembo .... driver: New York
Herb Lieberz .... driver: New York (as Herb Liberz)
Gerard Maggio .... driver: New York
Rich Marino .... driver: New York
Mike O'Brien .... driver: New York
John Palumbo .... driver: New York
Dan Paustian .... transportation co-captain (as Danny Boy Paustian)
Scott Roth .... driver: New York
John Sinnott .... driver: New York (as John Sinnot)
Steve Wagner .... transportation coordinator: Arizona
Charlie Carpenter .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Adrian .... production assistant: Buffalo
Steve Alterman .... loop group coordinator
Lisa Arbuckle .... production intern: Arizona
Stefanie Azpiazu .... assistant: Mr. Bregman
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer: Big Film Design (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Patrick Barile .... craft service
Jyota Bertrang .... set production assistant
Kara Blanchard .... assistant: Mr. Hope
Josh Bluth .... office production assistant: Arizona
Kathryn Botkin .... set production assistant: Arizona
Katie Botkin .... production assistant
Ryan Bua .... craft service assistant
Erik J. Carpenter .... key production assistant: Arizona (as Erik Carpenter)
Anthony Cauchy .... production office intern
Tim Clarke .... production liaison: Buffalo
Justine Cogan .... assistant: Ms. Westheimer
J. John Corbett .... title designer: Big Film Design
Angela Cutrone .... set production assistant
Alison Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Robert W. Davis .... location manager: Arizona
Ryan James Detzel .... production assistant: Buffalo (as Ryan Detzel)
Kimberly Feinman .... assistant location manager
Laura Felschow .... production assistant: Buffalo
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc. (as John Finn)
Thomas Gaito .... key set production assistant
Andrew Gallagher .... location intern: Arizona
Rosemary Graham .... set production assistant: Arizona
Orit Greenberg .... location assistant
Mitchell Gutman .... locations intern
Denton Hanna .... location manager: Arizona
Dave Harter .... production assistant: Buffalo
Pete Hayes .... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc.
Mariana Hellmund .... script supervisor
Wendy Hoffman .... loop group coordinator
Julie Holman .... production intern: Arizona
Angela How .... set production assistant
Constance L. Hoy .... production office coordinator: Arizona (as Connie Hoy)
Nikki Hung .... production office intern
Chanel Jackson .... payroll accountant
R. Mike King .... location manager (as Mike King)
Kim Krafsky .... animals
Zachary Kuchniki .... production office intern
Jill Landrith .... intern: director/producer, Arizona
Michael C. Lizzio .... office production assistant (as Michael Lizzio)
Steve McAuliff .... animals
June McCarthy-Dimming .... production assistant: Buffalo
Gracie Mendelsohn .... clearance coordinator
Mark Mikutowicz .... assistant: Ms. Jenkins
Anna Musso .... assistant: Mr. Burke
Andy Nelson .... assistant production office coordinator: Arizona (as Andrew Putman-Nelson)
Claire Pacacha .... assistant: Ms. Carey
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Gary B. Phillips .... office production assistant: Arizona (as Gary Phillips)
Oliver Refson .... location assistant
Prague Robert .... location assistant
Corey Roberts .... set production assistant (as Corey 'Complex' Roberts)
Morgan Roche .... production office intern
Roze .... set production assistant: Arizona
Shylo Shaner .... production office intern
Krystle Sosa .... set production assistant
Sascha Springer .... location scout
Salvatore E. Sutera .... set production assistant
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Anthony Torre .... chef
Priti Trivedi .... production secretary
Elizabeth Verghese .... production accountant
Daniel Wagner .... first assistant accountant
Steven Weisberg .... location manager
Meghan K. Wicker .... production coordinator
Jason Wozny .... set production assistant: Arizona
Eric Wrolstad .... assistant location manager
Aaron Hurvitz .... location scout (uncredited)
Ashley Lamont .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Madamba .... script researcher (uncredited)
Raynelle Irene Mensah .... production secretary: pre-production (uncredited)
Sara Murphy .... assistant: Philip Seymour Hoffman (uncredited)
Jack T. Nickel .... intern (uncredited)
Matthew Pebler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Reid .... location scout (uncredited)
Lanny Rethaber .... stand-in (uncredited)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Tracey Schaefer .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Colin Stapczynski .... intern (uncredited)
Diana Victor .... business affairs executive: This is That (uncredited)
Paul Woodson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jason Working .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Danny Stiles .... acknowledgment: clip from "The Danny Stiles Show" courtesy of

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Rated R for some sexuality and language
114 min | USA:113 min
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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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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118 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
A humane film about human experiences., 12 November 2007
Author: billybobwashere from United States

To put it simply, "The Savages" is the most human look at life I've seen in theaters this year. It's incredibly easy to relate to if you have ever ever seen some relative or family friend of yours get old and then forget who you are due to some sort of elder person's disease. It features three of the year's finest performances from Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Phillip Brosco, all of whom radiate on the screen as real, ordinary but complex, people. Linney and Hoffman play brother and sister, two writers who have an argumentative but loving way of getting along. Brosco plays their father, who has done something really, well, "dirty," and has drawn the attention of the family that had been caring for him, who no longer wish to do so.

From there, Linney and Hoffman's characters meet up with the father whom they haven't seen in years, and who was never very compassionate towards them. However, their father has dementia, and slowly begins to forget who they are. Instead of their main concern being whether or not he's kind to them, the kids are afraid they won't be able to communicate with him at all. The way Tamara Jenkins handles this, from both the perspective of the kids and the perspective of the father, is brilliant. She really understands the way family relations work, as her film is spot-on in that aspect.

The three performances are all great for their own reasons. Linney plays a woman who is really confused with her life: she's having an affair with a married man who's ten years older than her, she lies to everyone she knows about things that aren't worth it, and she is having a lot of trouble getting produced as a writer. Hoffman, her older brother, has a really relaxed humanistic side to him, always countering Linney's loud worrisome actions with a calm, mind-processing technique. The chemistry between this brother-sister duo - probably the only opposite-sex-adult-aged-duo that doesn't have any romantic elements (for obvious reasons) - is one of the most realistic works of chemistry you'll find in a theater this year. Throw in Phillip Brosco - who absolutely conquers the dementia that his character has (my aunt has dementia, so I see her all the time and know that his face and way of talking and mannerisms are all spot on) - and you've got three characters who are so strong alone that they're enough reason to see this movie, funny-touching script and story aside.

While all three performances were incredible, I'd have to say that my favorite performance came from Hoffman. Linney played the confused-wreck card very well, but it's not like she's the first actress to confront or conquer that territory. Brosco was astoundingly realistic as a man with dementia, but his role doesn't carry very far beyond that. Hoffman's performance, while not "loud" in any way, is simply the best portrayal of an ordinary human being I've seen in years, if that makes any sense. Everything, from the way he reacts to what people say, to the way he talks, to the way he expresses emotion when he's feeling it - all of it is executed so well that I can't believe that he was actually acting.

The ending of the film is very humane. It doesn't have any major twists or bangs, but it doesn't end on a nothing-note either. It teaches us that the lessons we learn from one experience can help us deal with the next, and it's the many small messages like this and the very life-like feel of the film's craft that make it one of the most special films I had the experience of seeing at a theater this year.

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