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Savages (1972)

An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for its innate barbarism.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

George W.S. Trow (screenplay) (as George Swift Trow), Michael O'Donoghue (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Blakely ... Cecily, a Debutante
Margaret Brewster ... Lady Cora
Thayer David ... Otto Nurder, a Capitalist
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Sir Harry
Anne Francine ... Carlotta, a Hostess
Salome Jens ... Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
Martin Kove ... Archie, a Bully
Christopher Pennock ... Hester
Asha Puthli ... Asha, The Forest Girl
Eva Saleh Eva Saleh ... Zia, the Child
Paulita Sedgwick Paulita Sedgwick ... Penelope, a High-strung Girl
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Russ Thacker Russ Thacker ... Andrew, an Eligible Young Man
Ultra Violet ... Iliona, a Decadent
Sam Waterston ... James, the Limping Man
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Storyline

A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a weekend party. There follows an allegory of upper-class behavior. At last, they begin to devolve toward their original status, and after a battle at croquet, they disappear into the woods. Written by Frank Eggleston

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Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Referring to the names of the film's screen-writers Michael O'Donoghue and George W.S. Trow, director James Ivory wanted to call the picture "Trow and O'Donoghue's Ancient History". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Savages
Sung by Bobby Short
Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by George W.S. Trow (as George Swift Trow) and Michael O'Donoghue
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Bizarre, Bizarre, Bizarre
10 August 1999 | by James-184See all my reviews

The plot summary provided does a good job of describing "Savages," a film I rented at a Kwikshop in the late 1980s. Co-written by Michael O'Donoghue (of early SNL writing fame), this movie ranks near the top of my "Weird Films" list. Explanatory narration was, I believe, in German, which of course limited the effectiveness of the explanations. The decadence of the Long Islanders was truly kinky, and shades of "The Gods Must Be Crazy" are evident in the croquet ball (nee soda bottle).

How stunning to see the cast list and recognize not only Sam Waterston but also Martin Kove ("Cagney & Lacey," "The Karate Kid") and Salome Jens ("Sisters," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") among the credits.

It's worth a view for the bizarrity alone. Add the delicious pleasure of seeing currently working (and in some cases successful) actors in this odd film, and you have the makings of a twisted conversation piece.

Nutshell: Watch it in a darkened room with off-the-wall company and come away with a somewhat surreal residual buzz.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 January 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzikusy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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