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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 »

Director:

Pierre De Moro

Writers:

Mark Miller (screenplay), Mark Miller (story)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

... and love will never be the same.

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The scene where Savannah tells the story of Brier Rabbit to Bootsie and Alvie was not originally in the script. In Bridgette Andersen's screen test they asked her to tell them a bedtime story and they were so impressed with her performance they added it to the film. [Source: her uncle, Steven B. Andersen from the Bridgette Andersen Facebook memorial page. He has posted some rare photos of her so he appears to be credible. Mark Miller who wrote the screenplay and starred in the movie confirms this in an interview recently posted here.] See more »

Quotes

Lt. Savage: [Talking to Harland Dobbs] Well Dobbs' you should feel very proud you still have a perfect record.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Getaway
(Instrumental)
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User Reviews

Savannah "Smiles"?
19 December 2002 | by dazyduckSee all my reviews

Not hardly! This movie absolutely hurts to watch! Not in a bad way though as in it's not a bad movie. it is just so hard to watch that it hurts your heart to see it. each time you watch it, you are constantly wanting the ending to change.

Imagine seeing this movie when you are seven years old. it is almost traumatising. The movie is so powerful that it gets inside you and doesn't let go. I haven't seen it in years simply because it hurts to see it. It's the most heartbreaking movie ever made. I have never gotten through it without crying my eyes out. The moment that note flies under the bed, you're done for. It grabs you and pulls on every emotion that you didn't know existed.

I love this movie; it's just too bad I can't watch it but once every couple of years.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,413,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,413,170
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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