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Savannah -- The true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long-time friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah’s markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent
rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.

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Writers (WGA):
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jim Caviezel ... Ward Allen

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Christmas Moultrie

Jaimie Alexander ... Lucy Stubbs

Bradley Whitford ... Jack Cay

Sam Shepard ... Mr. Stubbs

Tracey Walter ... Mathias

Jack McBrayer ... Sir Graham

Hal Holbrook ... Judge Harden

Simone Griffeth ... Mrs. Stubbs
George Whitford ... Little Jack Whitford
Doug Nemeth ... Cowardly Policeman
Billy Hester ... Roy McClain
Richard Seng ... Homer Peeples
Solon Carter ... Scared Paperboy

Daniel Jones ... Savannah Sheriff
Clay Chappell ... Prosecutor

Michael R. Long ... Russian Barber
Richard Cheely ... Desoto Hotel Desk Clerk

Bailey Davidson ... Hughes

Mark Tymchyshyn ... Peter Scardino
Benjamin Frankenberg ... Ellis
Chris Corporandy ... Gordon

Geoff McKnight ... Business Man
John Lowe ... Gentleman #1

Jimmy Hager ... Dr. Bryson
Anthony Bland ... Christmas Moultrie Age 6 (as Anthony Bland Jr.)
Frank Wilkins Seiler ... Mr. Walton

Chip Lane ... Cay Senior

Meg Kelly Schroeder ... Babs Cay

Greyson Turner ... Johnny Cay
Stratton Leopold ... John Elliot Ward

Anthony Paderewski ... Racist Man
William Joyner ... Another Comrade
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bernie Ask ... Court Patron (uncredited)
Megan Cash ... Passerby (uncredited)

Dennis Clark ... Businessman (uncredited)
John Deifer ... Passerby / Preacher (uncredited)
Shane Gray ... Passerby (uncredited)

Matthew Krueger ... Court House Staff (uncredited)

Jean-Luc McMurtry ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Courtney Pennington ... Court Patron (uncredited)
Walt Pinder ... Man Drinking Coffee in Attorney's Front Office (uncredited)

Seth Scofield ... Court Patron (uncredited)
Alan Wargula ... Fisherman #1 (uncredited)
Benjamin Wolfe ... Newspaper Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Annette Haywood-Carter 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ken Carter (written by) &
Annette Haywood-Carter (written by)

John Eugene Cay Jr. (based upon "Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter" by)

Produced by
Billings Cay .... executive producer
John Cay .... executive producer
Andre Danylevich .... associate producer
Harry Haslam .... associate producer
Annette Haywood-Carter .... producer
Don Mandrik .... co-producer
Randall Miller .... producer
Warren Ostergard .... co-producer
Tom Pellegrini .... co-producer
Jody Savin .... producer
Jay Sedrish .... executive producer
Julian Wall .... associate producer
Nick Gant .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Gil Talmi 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Ozier (director of photography) (as Michael J. Ozier)
 
Film Editing by
John David Allen 
Jonathan Alvord 
Dan O'Brien 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
 
Set Decoration by
Marthe Pineau 
 
Costume Design by
Jillian Ann Kreiner 
 
Makeup Department
Randi Owens Arroyo .... additional makeup artist
Deborah Ball .... additional hair stylist
Susan Buffington .... key hair stylist
Jules De Jesus .... additional makeup artist
Lisa Layman .... assistant makeup department head
Evelyn Roach .... additional hair stylist
Monique Venier .... key makeup artist
Melissa Yonkey .... head hair department
Adam Brandy .... makeup department head (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jay Sedrish .... unit production manager
Andre Danylevich .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Lombardo .... second assistant director
Jason Rody .... second second assistant director (as Jason 'Rowdy' Rody)
Julian Wall .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Nathan Alexander .... set dresser
Mathew Mark Andrews .... painter
Daniel Aughtman .... propmaker
Michael H. Bell .... propmaker
Sean Bernard .... painter
Chris Bogart .... painter (as Christopher Bogart)
Lawson Bruen .... set dresser
Guy D. Covington Sr. .... set dresser (as Guy Covington)
Ed Fitzgerald .... assistant props
Steve George .... property master
Trey Gordon .... set dresser
Aaron Hoskins .... set dresser
Sean Keenan .... on-set dresser
Kristine Kennedy .... set dresser
Mike Khalil .... set dresser (as Michael G. Khalil)
Todd Bryan Noonan .... propmaker
Gregg Perez .... key set dresser
Gena Brodie Robbins .... artist: portraits of Lucy Stubbs and Christmas Moultrie
Bill Robyn .... set dresser
Gregory Schmitz .... painter foreman (as Greg Smitz)
Christopher Sherty .... propmaker
Martin J. Smith .... gangboss
Richard P. Smith .... propmaker
Nicole Strojny .... painter
Connie Turner .... propmaker
Connie Turner .... set dresser
Valerie Jo Van Norte .... leadman (as Valerie Van Norte)
Scott B. Warner .... carpenter
Scott D. Warner .... construction coordinator (as Scott Warner)
Patrick Welty .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Matthew Brailey .... foley assistant (as Mathew Brailey)
Harry Cheney .... foley mixer (as Harry M. Cheney)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording mixer
Shane Hayes .... adr recordist
Whitney Ince .... production sound mixer
Phil Lee .... mixing recordist
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound designer (as Karen Triest)
Eric Berzins .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ian Boyd .... sound mixer: pickups (uncredited)
Phil Hadaway .... adr recordist (uncredited)
James Hulse .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larry Dean Bivins .... special effects foreman (as Larry Bivins)
Ray Bivins .... special effects advisor
Gary Pilkinton .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Gus Comegys .... visual effects artist: FotoKem
Steven Ilous .... visual effects supervisor: SMI Entertainment
Colin Levy .... visual effects consultant
Martin Pajik .... lead cg artist: SMI Entertainment
Francis Wong .... lead rotoscope artist: SMI Entertainment
Sean Rossi .... visual effects storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marian Green .... stunt coordinator
Michael R. Long .... stunt man
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Beard .... grip (as Neal Beard)
Barret B. Burlage .... electrician (as Barrett Burlage)
Nikita K. Carpenter Jr. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Zach Dunlap .... grip
Scott Friedland .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Izabeau Giannakopoulos .... still photographer
Zach Graber .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Nicholas Hahn .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Nick Hahn)
Robert Hill Jr. .... dolly grip: "a" camera (as Robert Hill)
Dan Lewis .... electrician
Phil Miller .... key grip
Henry E. O'Briant III .... electrician (as Ed O'Briant)
Jason Osterday .... digital imaging technician
Joseph Harold Page .... best boy electric
Harrison Palmer .... electrician (as Harry Palmer)
Mike Parry .... gaffer
Jeremiah Pitman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Riggs .... grip
Scott Satterfield .... best boy grip
Mario Signore .... camera operator: "a" camera
Adam Bailey .... video assist (uncredited)
Tobias Beidermühle .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Venkat Dilip Chunduru .... video assist (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Parvaneh Mireille .... casting: Savannah
Erin Toner .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Danika Burtt .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erica Frank .... costumer
Judith More .... additional costumer
Wendy Moynihan .... set costumer
Karen Keyes .... additional set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Emily A. Freeman .... assistant editor (as Emily Freeman)
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate producer
John Nicolard .... head of digital production
Bill Schultz .... general manager digital film services
Kostas Theodosiou .... digital intermediate artist
Eric 'Woody' Wood .... digital intermediate editor
Matthew Cieslinski .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Laura Bryant .... location manager
Vicki Siefker .... assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Chris Bleth .... musician: woodwinds
Richard Bronskill .... additional orchestrator
Richard Bronskill .... music preparation
George Doering .... musician: guitars
Andrew Gross .... conductor
Jason La Rocca .... score recordist
Kwan Fai Lam .... score coordinator (as Kwan-Fai Lam)
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Bernd Schoenhart .... musician: additional guitars
Gil Talmi .... musician: piano
Gil Talmi .... orchestrator
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Greg Vines .... music editor
Roger Wilkie .... concertmaster
 
Transportation Department
Rocky Chiusano .... driver
Bobbie Collis .... driver
Terry Collis .... transportation coordinator
Terry E. Dent .... transportation captain (as Terry Dent)
Dave Dixon .... driver (as David Dixon)
Brian Fischer .... picture car wrangler
David Foster .... driver (as Dave Foster)
Thomas Fountain .... fuel truck driver (as Tommy Fountain)
Jason LaFountain .... driver
M.C. Lewis .... driver
Michael Lewis .... transportation captain
Geoff Peel .... picture car wrangler (as Geoffrey Peel)
John Russell .... driver
Jake Smith .... driver
Jake Smith .... transportation captain
Leroy Williamson .... driver
Nathon S. Lewis .... driver: Jim Caviezel (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Roberto Fuertes Astor .... assistant: Mrs. Haywood-Carter
Adam Bailey .... production assistant
Adam Bailey .... stand-in: J. Caviezel
Kayla Bolze .... production assistant
Jason Brooks .... production assistant
Danika Burtt .... assistant: Mrs. Haywood-Carter
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach
Mehmet Caglayan .... behind the scenes
Ryan Calton .... animal handler
Alexander T. Carey .... assistant production coordinator
Megan Cash .... stand-in: J. Alexander
Venkat Dilip Chunduru .... production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance research: IndieClear (as Carol Compton)
Antoine De Henau .... production assistant
Andre de Moura .... production assistant (as Andre Souza DeMoura)
Gordon Deloach .... stand-in
Matt DiFranco .... production coordinator
Erik Elmquist .... production assistant
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance broker: Wells Fargo Insurance Services (as Nora Ferris-Rohan_)
Daniel Fischer .... payroll accountant
Teri Fischer .... assistant payroll accountant
Paul Fox .... stand-in: C. Ejiofor
Paul Fox .... stand-in: c. ejiofor
Emily A. Freeman .... production assistant (as Emily Freeman)
Kantarama Gahigiri .... key set production assistant
Terry Garcia .... head chef: Hollywood Catering
Kellie Garmany .... production assistant
Siwen Hao .... production assistant (as Steven 'Sammy' Hao)
Molly Hatch .... production assistant
Patrick M. Hayes Jr. .... production assistant (as Patrick M. Hayes)
Andrew Hill .... animal handler
Michael Hofstein .... visual consultant
Richie 'Mongo' Hooper .... ramrod
Diane Hounsell .... script supervisor
Stephanie Humphreys .... production assistant
Daniel Hydrick III .... head trainer
Daniel Hydrick III .... livestock coordinator
Mary Hydrick .... livestock gangboss
Annie Jacobsen .... assistant chef: Hollywood Catering
Nadine Jolson .... publicist: Jolson Creative
Floyd Justice .... set medic
Libby Kigar .... production assistant
Drew Krehel .... production assistant
Jereme 'Drew' Krehel .... behind the scenes
Geoffrey Kuhns .... production assistant
Buddy Lee .... boat operator
Renee Leventis .... production assistant
KiKi Levine .... production assistant
Nathon S. Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Caviezel (as Nathon Lewis)
Nazar Loun .... behind the scenes
Nazar Loun .... production assistant
Patrick Maddox .... production assistant (as Pat Maddox)
Mandee Mallonee .... production assistant (as Amanda Malonee)
Todd Marrs .... boat operator
Paige Matthews .... production assistant
Cindy Mitchell .... key craft service
Kofi Movo .... boat operator
John Nasworthy .... boat operator
Michael Neal .... marine coordinator
Michael Neal .... safety diver
Karen M. Nichols .... title designer (as Karen Nichols)
Lauren O'Malley .... behind the scenes
Lauren O'Malley .... production assistant
Annika Pampel .... assistant: Mr. Ejiofor
Andres Peres Duante .... production assistant
Brian Pischer .... craft service assistant
Simeon Powers .... production assistant (as Simeone Powers)
Kara Queen .... accounting clerk
Joseph Raines .... production assistant
Colden Raisher .... production assistant
Kevin Ray .... production assistant
Robyn Reynolds .... craft service assistant
Colin Robbins .... animal handler
Thomas Roberts .... set medic (as Thomas L. Roberts)
Sean Rossi .... production assistant
Sean Rossi .... stand-in: J. Caviezel
Warren F. Scribner II .... set medic (as Warren Scribner)
Elizabeth Serral .... production assistant (as Betsy Serral)
Richard Shermer .... production assistant
Jeremy Smith .... production assistant
Taylor Smith .... production assistant
Lori Snow .... behind the scenes
Lori Snow .... production assistant
Kim Sorenson .... production assistant
Josh Stearns .... assistant chef: Hollywood Catering (as Josghua Stearns)
Peter Svensson .... production assistant
Lia Towers .... production assistant
Tim Turner .... production accountant (as Tim 'Biff' Turner)
Rebecca Ulmo .... production assistant
Rhianna Van Helton .... production assistant
Alan Wargula .... production assistant
Tommy Williams .... boat operator
Megan Yockey .... production assistant
Kyle 'Jelly' Young .... ramrod
Libby Kigar .... script supervisor trainee (uncredited)
John Kirby .... acting coach (uncredited)
Jared Matthew .... stand-in: Bradley Whitford (uncredited)
Robin Reynolds .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Watterson .... project manager: Savannah Film Office (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality.
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The Desoto Hotel mentioned throughout the movie was a real-life, upscale hotel. The hotel was demolished in the 1960s for a new, high-rise Hilton branded hotel which still exists as the Hilton Savannah Desoto.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Christmas Moultrie:[hearing a distant gunshot] Boy, that one missed his muster.
Little Jack Whitford:Did he miss?
Christmas Moultrie:Oh, yes sir. Ward Allen, missed his muster.
Little Jack Whitford:Aw, come on, Christmas.
Christmas Moultrie:Uncle John told me the stories.
Little Jack Whitford:Tell me another story, Christmas. The one in the war, nearly killed that Russian.
Christmas Moultrie:Come on now, Jack, I told ya that story a hundred times.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Wade in the Water, 23 August 2013
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Beginning with "Based on a True Story", the movie takes us on a bumpy ride known as the life and times of Ward Allen, a silver-tongued duck hunter with a free spirit like few others. Director Annette Haywood-Carter utilizes Jack Cay Jr's "Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter" as her source material, and the marsh lands of Savannah make for a beautiful setting.

Jim Caviezel dives into the role of Ward Allen and it's initially quite startling to see him play such a loquacious character … we are so accustomed to his normally quiet and stoic nature. Caviezel seems to revel in the courtroom scenes where he recites Shakespeare and charms the judge (Hal Holbrook) and gallery. Flip a switch and the next scene will have Allen exchanging familiar glances and verbal jousts with his duck hunting buddy Christmas (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a freed slave who is the perfect companion for Allen.

Evidently the real Mr. Allen was smart and engaging, but drank too much and constantly pushed the limits of legal hunting. His loyal dog, Rock, follows him everywhere and seems to anticipate his every need. This odd life takes a turn towards normalcy as Allen falls for a beautiful socialite played by Jaime Alexander. The two hit it off and get married, against the wishes of her father played by the great Sam Shepard. Unfortunately, it's at this point that the movie gets convoluted and loses focus, trying to be too many things at once.

Caviezel and Ejiofor have a really nice screen presence together, but the interjections of home life between Caviezel and Alexander just stomp out any flow to the story telling. The attempts to make Mr. Allen a legendary, larger-than-life figure fall short because of the clunky script structure. The bookend with Christmas telling the stories to both a young and adult Jack Cay (Bradley Whitford) just beg for continued focus on the bond between kindred spirits Allen and Christmas. The enigmatic Ward Allen was clearly an interesting man and I look forward to reading Cay's book … it's just disappointing that the script was not sharpened prior to filming. It should be noted that there are a few tremendous songs throughout, including two very different versions of "Wade in the Water".

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