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Savages (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  6 July 2012 (USA)
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Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben (as Aaron Johnson)
Jana Banker ...
Candra Docherty ...
Bicycle Delivery Girl (as Nana Agyapong)
Jonathan Carr ...
Alex (as Demián Bichir)


In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead lover Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other - Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 July 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salvajes  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,016,910 (USA) (6 July 2012)


$47,307,550 (USA) (31 August 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Elena is loosely based on Mireya Moreno Carreon, the first known Mexican female cartel boss. See more »


When Elana was talking to Magda on the Phone, Magda stated it was late while Elana was in the stable with the horses in Mexico. Magda went to school in California, both area's are in the pacific time zone so there should not have been a time difference. See more »


[first lines]
O: [voice-over] Just because I'm telling you this story doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it. This could all be pre-recorded and I could be talking to you from the bottom of the ocean. Yeah, it's that kind of a story. Because things just got so out of control.
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User Reviews

A good thriller that delivers
5 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In reading some of the very negative reviews posted here, I sensed that some of those writers were more interested In Oliver Stone then the actual contents of the movie. I am not such a great fan of Oliver Stone and thought Wall Street 2 was not well done. Savages, on the other hand, was quite close to the book, gritty, and well done. If you have a problem with the portrayal of Seals or the realism of the scenarios then lay the blame on the book not Mr. Stone. Some of the scenes were certainly quite gory, an increasingly common occurrence in many films these days. So if that turns you off then don't watch the movie. On the other hand if you want to see a good thriller that will keep you entertained and are comfortable with the topic area, drug dealing and violence, then by all means see this movie and do not be put off by the any bad reviews.

As for the ending, it was changed from the book and I think for the better. That's my personal opinion and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, despite my dislike for Mr. Stone.

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