31 user 9 critic

Savannah Smiles (1982)

The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not-so-bright crooks who are slowly converted into parent figures to her. A surprising ... See full summary »


Pierre De Moro


Mark Miller (screenplay), Mark Miller (story)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Miller ... Alvie
Donovan Scott ... Boots
Bridgette Andersen ... Savannah
Chris Robinson ... Richard Driscoll
Michael Parks ... Lt. Savage
Peter Graves ... Harland Dobbs
Barbara Stanger ... Joan Driscoll
Pat Morita ... Father Ohara
Philip Abbott ... Chief Pruitt
Fran Ryan ... Farmer Wilma
Ray Anzalone Ray Anzalone ... Pharmacist
John Fiedler ... Grocery Clerk
Carol Wayne ... Doreen
Don Steffey Don Steffey ... Farmer
Oscar Rowland ... Doctor


The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not-so-bright crooks who are slowly converted into parent figures to her. A surprising bond of love and redirection forms among the trio as the police close down on the supposed kidnappers. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


... and love will never be the same.


Comedy | Family


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il sorriso di Savannah See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Mark Miller originally wrote this screen play intending that his daughter Savannah play the starring role but by the time it went into production she was too old for the part. She did have a small role as Savannah's cousin Beth. His daughter Marisa Miller also has a minor role as a jogger and his wife Barbara Stanger played Savannah's mother. See more »


Boots: YAA! HOO! HOO! We did it, we did it I planned the whole thing and it worked. Hey aren't you happy, aren't you going to thank me?
Alvie: Yeah, thanks a lot I get paroled on Friday.
See more »


Features Little Rascals: Best of Our Gang (1930) See more »


Alvie's Goodbye
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Similarities with "Monsters, Inc."
1 April 2003 | by JanieJaneSee all my reviews

This was one of my favorite films as a kid, as I often had runaway fantasies of my own (who didn't want to get away from their parents at some point in their childhood?). This movie parallels a more recent, widely popular movie "Monsters, Inc." Think about it: both movies involve two male characters who are friends/co-workers/partners-in-crime. These characters are encountered by a small, cute, little girl from another world (in "Savannah Smiles", the girl is from a world of wealth while the guys are from "the wrong side of the tracks"; and in "Monsters, Inc.", a girl from the human world enters into the monster world). Also, Alvie and Boots are seen as "monsters" (since they are criminals) and are misjudged by others. (It can be argued that Alvie is like Sulley from "Monsters, Inc." since he's the leader and Boots is a lot like Sulley's sidekick Mike). As in both movies, the two main characters do not want the little girl at first and are desperate to get rid of her (for fear of the repercussions)--but they soon grow to love her, ending in a tearful goodbye when the girl is returned home.

Try watching both movies back-to-back and see for yourself the similarities. I'm not implying that the writers of "Monsters, Inc." stole their ideas from "Savannah Smiles", I just thought it was a neat coincidence that they had such similar themes.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed