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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 »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A family that has everything has everything to lose. See more »

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Drama

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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

In an interview with the Daily Mail published July 12, 2008, Sam Green protested the film's portrayal of him as bisexual, and denied that Barbara and Tony Baekeland's relationship was incestuous. He commenced legal action against the filmmakers, which was still unresolved at the time of his death in 2011. As a member of Andy Warhol's circle, he is also portrayed in the film Factory Girl (2006). See more »

Goofs

While Barbara and Antony are sitting in a bistro, she attributes the quote "when a man is tired of Paris he is tired of life" to Fitzgerald or Hemingway. The correct quote is "when a man is tired of London he is tired of life", by Samuel Johnson. 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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Chilling story
27 July 2007 | by paulmartin-2See all my reviews

Having seen quite a few films produced by Christine Vachon, I recognised a similar aesthetic in this film. Vachon's films often portray unconventional sexuality or other challenging social themes, but in a stylised way that is more accessible to wider audiences than grittier art-house films. This film would make a terrific companion piece to Christophe Honoré's Ma mère, as it tackles similarly challenging themes, though it is based on a true story and is much more digestible for audiences. The parallels between these stories are remarkable.

Julianne Moore is an actress I admire and takes top billing. Her performance was as good as usual, portraying Barbara Daly Baekeland, wife of the Bakelite heir. Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of her homosexual son was for me the stand-out performance. The film is set in various countries - the US, France, Spain and England - and the visuals are excellent. It takes a while to get a handle on where the film wants to take us, but it culminates in a chilling end. Worth seeing for the brave risks it takes and succeeds in delivering.

The Melbourne International Film Festival screening I attended was introduced by the director, Tom Kalin.


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