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The Savage Is Loose (1974)

A husband, wife and their son are stranded on a remote island with no way off; as the son grows older, sexual tensions emerge.


George C. Scott


Max Ehrlich, Frank De Felitta (as Frank DeFelitta)




Cast overview:
George C. Scott ... John / Husband
Trish Van Devere ... Maida / Wife
John David Carson ... David / Son
Lee Montgomery ... Young David (as Lee H. Montgomery)


A husband, wife and their son are stranded on a remote island with no way off; as the son grows older, sexual tensions emerge.

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No woman is an island... forever. See more »


Adventure | Drama


R | See all certifications »

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George C. Scott was shocked when the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave the film an R rating (due to the themes of incest), and subsequently made an effort to appeal the rating in order to get a PG, to no avail. When the film flopped at the box office, Scott blamed it on the R-rating. (Though the scathing reviews might have had more to do with it.) See more »


Young David: Mother?
Maida: Yes?
Young David: Can we get married when I grow up?
Maida: Oh, David, you are such a funny child!
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11 March 2017 | by iton-67578See all my reviews

I watched this film when I was very young -- maybe 12; it was either a TV or cable movie then. Taped it, and had it for years. I sympathize with the other reviewer who said he showed it to his Taiwanese date -- my wife is Taiwanese, and somehow, I don't think she would like it either, though not due to prudishness. She's just not into savages, Tarzan-like figures, or Christianity. I did like this film when I was a kid -- and well into my 20s, but have not seen it since then (now in my later 40s). Yet, I still remember most of it vividly. Kudos to George C. Scott -- and I am very sorry for him that the film did not do better, but also I am in no way surprised. Many out-on-a-limb worthy efforts fail to win over the majority of viewers. (I recall my grandmother saying she walked out of A Clockwork Orange when she somehow went to see it in the theater in the early '70s -- and I loved that film too; still do.) I wonder how Savage would do now, if it were released on DVD in good quality. I would advise seeing it, especially to younger people with imagination, curiosity, and a capacity for deep thought. (I could not watch Scott in Day of the Dolphin, however -- not due to any acting problem, but because that film struck me as terribly heartrending -- I felt badly for the dolphins.) This one didn't trouble me a bit, except I wondered what would come next at the end.

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Release Date:

30 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El salvaje anda suelto See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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