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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 »


Pierre De Moro


Mark Miller (screenplay), Mark Miller (story)

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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>

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... and love will never be the same.


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il sorriso di Savannah See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The climactic finale set in the mountains near a gigantic cascading waterfall was filmed in Provo Canyon, Utah. The breathtaking, massive monument, called Bridal Veil Falls, featured an aerial tramway which tourists could ride to the top of the falls and visit a restaurant and gift shop built high above. In early 1996, an avalanche destroyed the tramway's building housing, the tramway machinery, the restaurant, and the gift shop. They were never rebuilt because winters are so harsh and unpredictable in Utah. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_(Utah) See more »


[After hearing an obvious impression of James Cagney.]
Harland Dobbs: One thing bothers me - that voice. I've heard that voice before!
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References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »


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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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