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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wendy Savage
... Jon Savage
... Lenny Savage
... Larry
... Eduardo
... Jimmy
... Kasia
... Ms. Robinson
... Bill Lachman
... Nancy Lachman
... Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship ... Burt
... Lizzie
... Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Sperry
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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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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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1 February 2008 (USA)  »

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La famille Savage  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$151,859, 2 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,610,326, 27 April 2008
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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

Jon Savage drives his Polish girlfriend to the airport at 6:30 AM, in broad daylight. But in November in Buffalo, it would be pitch dark at this hour (even on November 1, sunrise isn't until 7:46). See more »

Quotes

Wendy Savage: Maybe Dad didn't abandon us. Maybe he just forgot who we were.
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Sitting by the Riverside
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by The Kinks
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records and Abkco Records
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Worth seeing
19 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw an advance screening in Los Angeles. It's not a National Geographic Special as the title might suggest, rather a family drama about the Savage family. I was curious about a project that attracted the talent of Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, even though I knew nothing of the movie. At first, I was turned off by an early scene involving human excrement, which I assumed was included to hook anyone who might think poo is always funny. But I warmed to the movie overall, and it actually left a deep and lasting impression on me. It is mostly dramatic, but there is enough humor for a nice balance. A particular moment I liked was when the sister (Linney) gets a plant for her dad's bedroom, and the supermarket sticker is still visible on the plastic pot. To me it represents good intentions compounded by a lack of time or focus in attention to the details, and this scene has stuck with me for some reason. This is a great movie for anyone who has, or will have, aging parents in their lives. See it.


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