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The Savages (2007)

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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

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Tamara Jenkins

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Tamara Jenkins
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Linney ... Wendy Savage
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Jon Savage
Philip Bosco ... Lenny Savage
Peter Friedman ... Larry
David Zayas ... Eduardo
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Jimmy
Cara Seymour ... Kasia
Tonye Patano ... Ms. Robinson
Guy Boyd ... Bill Lachman
Debra Monk ... Nancy Lachman
Rosemary Murphy ... Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship Hal Blankenship ... Burt
Joan Jaffe ... Lizzie
Sage Kirkpatrick ... Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Sperry
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Storyline

Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Cantonese

Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La famille Savage See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,859, 2 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,610,326, 27 April 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is older brother to Wendy (Laura Linney). In real life, Linney is older than Hoffman. See more »

Goofs

Lenny Savage's girlfriend's children claim a prenup-like document prevents Mr. Savage from common law marriage claims on the Arizona home he has been living in for 20 years, however, the state of Arizona does not recognize common law marriage. See more »

Quotes

Wendy Savage: Dad has been writing on the walls with his shit!
Jon Savage: [half asleep] Wen, what the fuck are you talking about?
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Soundtracks

Cheek to Cheek
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra (as Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks)
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Little Gem
16 January 2008 | by rddj05See all my reviews

If you look for honesty portrayed in film, you can't do much better than The Savages. This is an example of the type of film that rarely sees the light of day, simply because it refuses to compromise. Despite it's grim subject matter, there is plenty of humor in this film, which mainly arises from the absurdity of situations that feel so genuinely familiar. All the performances across the board are fantastic, and Ms. Jenkins was miraculously able to get funding for a film that didn't include the casting of a single "pretty young thing". Every single person in the the film genuinely looks like the real article (note: for equally impressive casting, check out Sarah Polly's "Away From Her".) There are numerous places where this film could've taken a turn into typical Hollywood schmaltz and portrayed situations in a less-than-honest way, but it's director and actors refused to go there. Thank goodness they didn't.


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