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Savage Grace (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 January 2008 (Spain)
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A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...

Director:

Tom Kalin

Writers:

Howard A. Rodman (screenplay), Natalie Robins (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Barbara Baekeland
Stephen Dillane ... Brooks Baekeland
Anne Reid ... Nini Daly
Martin Huber Martin Huber ... Aschwin Lippe
Minnie Marx Minnie Marx ... Midge Vanden Heuvel
Jim Arnold ... Joost Vanden Heuvel
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Simone Lippe
Barney Clark ... Tony at 12
Abel Folk ... Carlos Durán
Belén Rueda ... Pilar Durán
Simón Andreu ... Jean Pierre Souvestre
Eddie Redmayne ... Antony Baekeland
Elena Anaya ... Blanca
Unax Ugalde ... Black Jake Martínez
Melina Matthews ... Lorna Moffat
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Storyline

The true story of the beautiful and charismatic but mentally unstable Barbara Daly, who married above her class to Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Their only child is a failure in his father's eyes, and as he matures and becomes increasingly close to his alienated mother, the seeds for tragedy are sown. Written by Anonymous

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Truth is more shocking than fiction. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Spain | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Okrutna milost See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,311, 1 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$434,417, 17 August 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore won Oscars for Leading Roles in the 87th Academy Awards. Both played characters who suffered from debilitating disorders: Redmayne's character had ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease), Moore's character had early-onset Alzheimer's. Director Richard Glatzer died from complications of ALS a few months after this movie's release. See more »

Goofs

Barbara arrives at the Stork Club with Brooks, but without her purple wrap, which was wet when she was playing with Tony in the bathtub. When they leave, she is wearing it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Antony Baekeland: I was eating a tomato at tea time a few weeks ago, and I suddenly realized that mommy is not dead at all. Just very, very mysterious.
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Soundtracks

Lullaby for Tony
Written and Performed by Dawn Landes
(c) Cropduster Music (BMI)
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Strangely Unaffecting
19 June 2008 | by mocpacificSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of "Swoon" I loved the semi documentary approach at another, true, high society horror story. In "Swoon" the distance the director took from his subject helped us to understand and to involve ourselves in the twisted mind of the protagonists. In "Savage Grace" it works the opposite way. I needed to be closer I needed to be taken step by step in any way you want it but step by step. The shrill performance by Julianne Moore didn't give me and 8th of what Judy Davis gave me in "A Little Thing called Murder" Here you're on your own. No sense of period or class no dramatic structure and feeble performances. What a pity. I had waited for this film with feverish anticipation.


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