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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

Writer:

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

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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
Harold Blankenship Harold Blankenship ... Burt (as Hal Blankenship)
Joan Jaffe ... Lizzie
Sage Kirkpatrick 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Director Tamara Jenkins contacted Carter Burwell to score the movie. Burwell had already committed himself to score No Country for Old Men (2007), so he refused, but recommended Stephen Trask to Jenkins. See more »

Goofs

When Larry drives to Buffalo to pick-up Wendy for the day, he brings his dog, the cat, and the house-plant. They all leave together and when they end up in the hotel room, the dog is gone. Then when Larry drops off Wendy back at John's house, she has her cat and house-plant but Larry's dog is still missing. See more »

Quotes

Jon Savage: [about his girlfriend] She's moving back to Poland.
Wendy Savage: What, you and Kasia broke up?
Jon Savage: No,her visa expired.
Wendy Savage: So that's it? Her visa expires, and it's over.
Jon Savage: It's either that or we get married and no one's ready for that.
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Connections

Features Night and the City (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldadi
Written by Rudolphe Gromis and Barthelemy Attisso
Performed by Orchestra Baobab (as Orchestra Baobob)
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records / World Circuit
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing
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Getting Even with Dad
23 January 2008 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

"The Savages" has been terribly mismarketed. I'm sure plenty of people who went to watch it having seen only the previews, thought it was a comedy, and were disappointed. If anything, this is a "dramedy" - it will make you smile a few times, but never laugh out loud. But that's not a bad thing, the other way around.

This is a story about two siblings, Wendy (Laura Linney, who earned a surprise - and much deserved - Oscar nomination for this performance) and Jon Savage (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who have to take care of their ailing, estranged father, Lenny (Philip Bosco). Fathers and kids relationships have been discussed in tons of movies, but Tamara Jenkins (real life wife of Jim Taylor, co-author of Alexander Payne's scripts - they both produced this movie, by the way) managed to create something fresh and beautiful in its own simplicity (and, at the same time, so complex and painfully real, for all of those who've had difficult family relationships - and who hasn't?). "The Savages" reminds me of Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale", also starring Laura Linney - but with a little less humor, and perhaps even more heart. Hoffman and Bosco are also great, as usual. Jenkins proves that she's a very sensitive writer/director, and I'm excited to check whatever she does next. I'm rooting for either her or Diablo Cody ("Juno") to win the Oscar for best original screenplay next month (coincidentally, both movies have The Velvet Underground's "I'm Sticking With You" in the soundtrack). 10/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Cantonese

Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,859, 2 December 2007

Gross USA:

$6,623,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,653,221
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1.85 : 1
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