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

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Cecily, a Debutante
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Lady Cora
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Otto Nurder, a Capitalist
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Sir Harry
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Carlotta, a Hostess
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Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
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Archie, a Bully
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Hester
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Asha, The Forest Girl
Eva Saleh ...
Zia, the Child
Paulita Sedgwick ...
Penelope, a High-strung Girl
Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Russ Thacker ...
Andrew, an Eligible Young Man
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Iliona, a Decadent
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James, the Limping Man
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Leslie
Lilly Lessing ...
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Claus Jurgen ...
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Directed by

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James Ivory

Written by

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George W.S. Trow ... (screenplay) (as George Swift Trow) &
Michael O'Donoghue ... (screenplay)
 
James Ivory ... (based on an idea by)

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Anthony Korner ... associate producer
Alice Marsh ... assistant executive producer
Ismail Merchant ... producer
Joseph Saleh ... executive producer (as Joseph J.M. Saleh)

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Joe Raposo

Cinematography by

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Walter Lassally

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Kent McKinney

Editorial Department

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Mary Brown ... assistant editor
Robin Schwartz ... assistant to the editors

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James D. Bule
Jack Wright III ... (as Jack Wright)

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Joan Hanfling
Susan Schlossman

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Martin Downey ... hair stylist
Gloria Natale ... makeup artist
Bernice O'Reilly ... wigs: La Chignon Aire
Emanuel Olivericia ... assistant hair stylist

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Jean-Luc Botbol ... production manager

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Jeffrey Jacobs ... assistant director
Serge Nivelle ... assistant director
Nathaniel Tripp ... assistant director
Stephen Varble ... assistant director

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Michael Doret ... lettering artist / title designer
George Jenson ... table settings (as George Jensen)
Susan Middeleer ... assistant art director
Edward E. Robbins ... assistant titles
Charles White III ... illustrator (as Charles White 3rd) / title designer (as Charles White 3rd)

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Gary Alper ... sound
Jack Cooley ... re-recording engineer
John Flyn ... sound assistant

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Jeffery Bolger ... assistant camera
Robert Kenner ... assistant camera
Rick Raphael ... grip
Dustin Smith ... grip
Bob Vee ... key grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Janice Moore ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Don Ashworth ... musician: woodwinds
Bob Cranshaw ... musician: bass
Danny Epstein ... musician: percussion
Wally Kane ... musician: woodwinds
Jim Mitchell ... musician: guitar and banjo
Jim Mitchell ... musician: giitar and banjo
David Nadien ... musician: solo violin
Joe Raposo ... musician: piano
Ed Shaughnessy ... musician: percussion
Alan Studman ... musician: solo cello

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Patricia Birch ... choreographer: sequence "Steppin' on the Spaniel"
Frank DiBari ... production assistant
Howard Goodman ... production assistant
S. Ruth Gringas ... production assistant
Janet Kern ... continuity
Roger Moorey ... production assistant
Mohan Nadkarni ... production assistant
Serge Nivelle ... production assistant
Jessica Saleh ... production assistant
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Sauvages (France)
  • Selvagens (Portugal)
  • Unter Wilden (West Germany)
  • Диваци (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Dzikusy (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Budget $300,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The picture was inspired and influenced by Luis Buñuel's surrealist film The Exterminating Angel (1962) ["The Exterminating Angel"], made and released about a decade after that picture, and of which the story of this film is considered to be that movie in reverse. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Wandering Company (1984). See more »
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