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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 January 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzikusy See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The scenes featuring the primitive tribe are all shot in black-and-white whilst the sequences featuring civilized society are all filmed in color. See more »

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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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Stupendously atrocious...
9 September 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director James Ivory's worst film, an absurd allegory which hopes to juxtapose the different (and yet oh-so-similar) worlds of a primitive culture of half-naked forest savages and a decadent group of sexually-ambiguous high society turnips of the 1920s. The screenplay by George Swift Trow and (of all people) Michael O'Donoghue, from Ivory's story, gives us stock characterizations without any personalities of interest, and the amateurish look of the film--part "Cold Comfort Farm", part D.W. Griffith--is confounding and ridiculous. Social satire needs more than just 'uncommon' common ground, it needs spirit and a dash of wit. Ivory clumps through this menagerie with very little grace or humor, however he is helped by Joe Raposo's (suitably) bizarre music. A curio, nothing more. * from ****


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