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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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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations.
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Wendy Savage
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Jon Savage
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Lenny Savage
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Larry
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Eduardo
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Jimmy
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Kasia
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Ms. Robinson
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Bill Lachman
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Nancy Lachman
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Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship ...
Burt
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Lizzie
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Real Estate Agent (as Laura Palmer)
Salem Ludwig ...
Mr. Sperry
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Attendant
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Matt
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Manicurist #1
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Nurse
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Doctor
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Annie
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Nurse #2
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Administrator
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Counselor
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Resident #1
Madeline Lee ...
Resident #2
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Valley View Nurse
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Roz
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Woman in Parking Lot (as Erica Berg)
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Howard
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Simone
Patti Karr ...
Woman with Red Pillow
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Father in Mall Lot
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Student
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Father (as Lee Sellars)
Marianne Weems ...
Director
Tobin Tyler ...
Valley View Nurse #2
Debbi Fuhrman ...
Physical Therapist
Lili Liu ...
Manicurist #2
Max Jenkins-Goetz ...
Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Huff ...
Tandem Bike Rider (uncredited)
Elaine Huff ...
Tandem Bike Rider (uncredited)
Diane Michelle ...
Videotape Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Alyssa Waldrip ...
Young Girl Coloring (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tamara Jenkins

Written by

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Tamara Jenkins ... (written by)

Produced by

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Anthony Bregman ... executive producer
Jim Burke ... executive producer
Anne Carey ... producer
Lori Keith Douglas ... co-producer
Ted Hope ... producer
Alexander Payne ... executive producer
Jim Taylor ... executive producer
Erica Westheimer ... producer
Fred Westheimer ... executive producer

Music by

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Stephen Trask

Cinematography by

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W. Mott Hupfel III ... director of photography (as Mott Hupfel)

Film Editing by

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Brian A. Kates

Editorial Department

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Franziska Blatner ... post-production intern
David Cole ... digital intermediate color timer: LaserPacific
Donnie Creighton ... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific
Stephanie Dichiara ... post-production intern
Valance Eisleben ... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
Matthew Engler ... post-production intern
Louise Ford ... post-production intern
Fiorella Glave ... post-production intern
Amelia Golden ... post-production intern
Andrew Goodney ... digital intermediate engineering support: LaserPacific
Jamie Gross ... post-production intern
Ned Harvey ... post-production intern
Ryan Helsley ... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific
Doug Jaqua ... color scientist: LaserPacific
Mace Johnson ... colorist: dailies
Sam Kretchmar ... post-production intern
Brian McNulty ... post-production consultant
Ali Muney ... assistant editor
Sharon Perlman ... post-production intern
Peter Shanel ... post-production intern
Aaron Sherman ... post-production intern
Jason Spencer ... post-production intern
Stan Sztaba ... negative cutter: World Cinevision
Daniel Worlock ... post-production intern
Kyle DeVriendt ... digital film recordist (uncredited)
Harry Muller ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jeanne McCarthy

Production Design by

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Jane Ann Stewart

Art Direction by

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Suttirat Anne Larlarb ... (as Suttirat Larlarb)
Mario Ventenilla

Set Decoration by

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Carrie Stewart

Costume Design by

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David C. Robinson ... (as David Robinson)

Makeup Department

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Claudia Breckenridge ... hair assistant: Arizona
Shannon Harrington ... additional hair stylist
Jason Hayes ... key hair stylist
Loretta James-Demasi ... makeup assistant: Arizona
Cassandra Keating ... makeup assistant (as Casandra Keating)
Stacey Panepinto ... key makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Jonathan Ferrantelli ... post-production supervisor
Mike S. Ryan ... production supervisor: Arizona (as Mike Ryan)
Robin Sweet ... unit production manager (as Robin Nelson Sweet)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nicholas R. Bell ... second second assistant director (as Nicholas Bell)
Christopher Carroll ... second assistant director: Buffalo
Jesse Nye ... second assistant director
Chip Signore ... first assistant director
Alfonso Trinidad ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Stuart Auld ... lead scenic artist (as Stuart E. Auld)
Martin Bernstein ... construction coordinator
Glen Bowen ... construction grip (as Glenn Bowen)
Sam Burrell ... key construction grip (as Sam Burell)
Jeff Butcher ... property master
Matt Callahan ... set decorator: Arizona
Steve Caterelli ... set dresser
Ariel Chudzikiewicz ... art department intern
Daniel Ciampa ... scenic artist
Olenka Denysenko ... first assistant props
Rich Fuentes ... set dresser: Arizona
Kley Gilbuena ... second assistant props
Sam Gutierrez ... leadman: Arizona
Alan J. Lawson ... charge scenic artist
Nili Lerner ... scenic artist
Bruce McNally ... scenic artist
Vanessa Merrill ... art department coordinator
Keith Mosca ... property assistant: Arizona
Jessica Nyssen ... scenic artist (as Jessica Nissen)
Roberto Pierson ... art swing: Arizona (as Rob Pierson)
Karnig Poryazian ... set dresser
Joseph Proscia ... leadman (as Joseph F. Proscia)
Malcolm Reid ... construction foreman
Michael Rosebush-DiCenzo ... art department intern (as Michael Rosebush-Dicenzo)
Christian W. Russhon ... property master: Arizona (as Chris Russhon)
Tracy Sagalow ... art department intern: Arizona
Kyle Salvatore ... set dresser
Jon Scardino ... assistant props: Buffalo
Jayme Schere ... props intern: Arizona
Anu Schwartz ... on-set dresser
Christine Skubish ... scenic artist
Jessie Walker ... camera scenic artist (as Jesse Walker)
Cathy Wassylenko ... scenic artist
Danielle Webb ... set dressing shopper
Steve Cascarelli ... set dresser (uncredited)
Elizabeth Minot ... set dresser (uncredited)
Julio Palma ... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Pitalo ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Nicholas R. Allen ... sound mixer: Arizona (as Nick Allen)
Benjamin Cheah ... re-recording mixer (as Ben Cheah) / supervising sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Diana Cleland ... sound utility: Arizona
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Robert Fernandez ... re-recording mixer
Heather Gross ... sound effects editor
Justin Herman ... sound stage technician
Andrea Horta ... adr supervisor
Paul Koronkiewicz ... boom operator
George A. Lara ... foley engineer
Tim Maxwell ... sound re-recordist
Eric McAllister ... assistant sound editor
Jan McLaughlin ... sound utility
Mathew Price ... production sound mixer
Jacob Ribicoff ... supervising dialogue editor
Timothia Sellers ... sound utility
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer
John Werner ... foley editor
Ronald L. Wright ... boom operator: Arizona (as Ron Wright)
Anthony Adams ... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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J.C. Brotherhood ... special effects coordinator (as JC Brotherhood)
Mike Murphy ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Mandy Arnold ... digital effects artist
Michael L. Castillo ... digital visual effects supervisor: LaserPacific (as Michael Castillo)
Mai Suzuki ... digital restoration artist
Vincent Lavares ... data manager: Laser Pacific (uncredited)
Bruce Mann ... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Matt Sell ... digital artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... stunt rigger
Stephen Mann ... stunt rigger
Michael Russo ... stunt coordinator (as Mike Russo)
Brian Smyj ... stunt rigger

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Agliata ... camera operator
Anthony Arnaud ... grip
Will Arnot ... steadicam operator: Arizona
Mike Aufiero ... electrician: Arizona
James Bastian ... electrician: Arizona
Daniel Beaman ... dolly grip (as Dan Beaman)
Giacomo Belletti ... camera department intern
Dave Bull ... best boy electric: Buffalo
Joe Bunce ... grip: Buffalo
Ian Carmody ... camera loader: "b" camera
Jeff Clark ... electrician: Arizona
Jay Coolidge ... grip: Arizona
Divine Cox ... grip
Joseph Czerw ... electrician (as Joe Czerw)
Bart Durkin ... electrician: Buffalo
Leighton Edmondson ... best boy electric
Mark Fellman ... still photographer: Arizona
David Flanigan ... first assistant camera: "b" camera / second assistant camera
Mike Frederickson ... grip: Arizona
Dennis Green ... playback: 24-frame
Dan Hersey ... first assistant camera
Scott Hess ... grip: Arizona
Travis Holt Hamilton ... grip: Arizona
Gerard Kawczynski ... second assistant camera: Buffalo
Kevin Kilcher ... camera loader: Buffalo
Eric Koski ... electrician: Arizona (as Erik Koski)
Nina Kuhn ... electrician
Michael A. Leo ... additional electrician
Dave McAllister ... best boy grip
Robert McKay ... electrician: Arizona
James McMillan ... key grip (as Jimmy MacMillan)
Geoff Nangle ... electrician: Arizona
Iris Ng ... electrician
Steve Peloquin ... grip (as Steve Pelequin)
Travis Quegan ... grip: Arizona
Andrew D. Schwartz ... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Von Scott ... second assistant camera: Arizona
Rick Seeberg ... best boy grip: Buffalo
Gary W. Shaw ... dolly grip: Arizona (as Gary Shaw)
Ken Shibata ... gaffer
John Stewart ... lighting technician
Frank Stubblefield ... generator operator (as W. Frank Stubblefield)
Michael Tesfai ... electrician: Arizona
Elisa Vasquez ... camera loader / second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeremy Wren ... electrician: Arizona
Jon Yirak ... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Arizona (as John Yirak)
Ryan Bushman ... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Marshall Coles ... electrician (uncredited)
Lamont Crawford ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Franz Wise ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Kit Abate ... casting intern: Arizona
Nicole Abellera ... casting associate
Morgan Donaho ... casting assistant
Karen E. Etcoff ... extras casting: Kee Casting
Faith Hibbs-Clark ... local casting: Arizona
Bill Tripician ... extras casting associate
Joanne Bloom ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Leslie Woo ... casting intern (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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James Bastian ... wardrobe intern: Arizona
Joanna Brett ... assistant costume designer
Adam Butera ... wardrobe assistant
Jennifer Carnival ... wardrobe intern
Meredith Driscoll ... key costumer (as Meredith M. Driscoll)
Jill Graves Power ... wardrobe supervisor (as Jill Graves)
Maggie McFarland ... costumer: Arizona
Casa Wilson ... wardrobe intern
Lucia Lettini ... set costumer (uncredited)
Angela Mirabella ... additional set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Robert W. Davis ... location manager: Arizona
Kimberly Feinman ... assistant location manager
Andrew Gallagher ... location intern: Arizona
Orit Greenberg ... location assistant
Mitchell Gutman ... locations intern
Denton Hanna ... location manager: Arizona
R. Mike King ... location manager (as Mike King)
Oliver Refson ... location assistant
Prague Robert ... location assistant
Sascha Springer ... location scout
Steven Weisberg ... location manager
Eric Wrolstad ... assistant location manager
Aaron Hurvitz ... location scout (uncredited)
Justin Reid ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Joseph Bonn ... music editor
Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg ... conductor
Jim Dunbar ... music coordinator
Patricia Feliciano ... assistant engineer
Matt Franko ... music preparation
Amanda Goodpaster ... music editor
Greg Hayes ... score recording engineer
Damon Intrabartolo ... orchestrator
Stewart Lerman ... music producer
Tim O'Heir ... score mixer / score recording engineer
Victor Pesavento ... music preparation
Randall Poster ... music supervisor
Christine Bergren ... music legal and clearance (uncredited)
Damon Intrabartolo ... conductor (uncredited)
Gina Zimmitti ... music contractor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ed Battista ... driver: New York
Paul Castiglione ... driver: New York (as Paul Castiglioni)
Peter Clores ... transportation captain
Richie Hubka ... driver: New York (as Rich Hubka)
Ken C. Johnson ... driver: New York (as Ken Johnson)
Robert Johnson ... driver: New York (as Bob Johnson)
Jim Kelly ... driver: New York
Jim Lembo ... driver: New York
Herb Lieberz ... driver: New York (as Herb Liberz)
Gerard Maggio ... driver: New York
Rich Marino ... driver: New York
Mike O'Brien ... driver: New York
John Palumbo ... driver: New York
Dan Paustian ... transportation co-captain (as Danny Boy Paustian)
Scott Roth ... driver: New York
John Sinnott ... driver: New York (as John Sinnot)
Steve Wagner ... transportation coordinator: Arizona
Rodd Wolff ... driver
Charlie Carpenter ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Nick Adrian ... production assistant: Buffalo
Steve Alterman ... loop group coordinator
Lisa Arbuckle ... production intern: Arizona
Stefanie Azpiazu ... assistant: Mr. Bregman
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer: Big Film Design (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Patrick Barile ... craft service
Jyota Bertrang ... set production assistant
Kara Blanchard ... assistant: Mr. Hope
Josh Bluth ... office production assistant: Arizona
Kathryn Botkin ... set production assistant: Arizona
Katie Botkin ... production assistant
Ryan Bua ... craft service assistant
Erik J. Carpenter ... key production assistant: Arizona (as Erik Carpenter)
Anthony Cauchy ... production office intern
Tim Clarke ... production liaison: Buffalo
J. John Corbett ... title designer: Big Film Design
Angela Cutrone ... set production assistant
Alison Davis ... assistant production coordinator
Ryan James Detzel ... production assistant: Buffalo (as Ryan Detzel)
Laura Felschow ... production assistant: Buffalo
John B. Finn ... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc. (as John Finn)
Tom Gaito ... key set production assistant (as Thomas Gaito)
Rosemary Graham ... set production assistant: Arizona
Justine Cogan Gunn ... assistant: Ms. Westheimer (as Justine Cogan)
Dave Harter ... production assistant: Buffalo
Pete Hayes ... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc.
Mariana Hellmund ... script supervisor
Wendy Hoffman ... loop group coordinator
Julie Holman ... production intern: Arizona
Angela How ... set production assistant
Constance L. Hoy ... production office coordinator: Arizona (as Connie Hoy)
Nikki Hung ... production office intern
Chanel Jackson ... payroll accountant
Kim Krafsky ... animals
Zachary Kuchniki ... production office intern
Jill Landrith ... intern: director/producer, Arizona
Michael C. Lizzio ... office production assistant (as Michael Lizzio)
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Steve McAuliff ... animals
June McCarthy-Dimming ... production assistant: Buffalo
Gracie Mendelsohn ... clearance coordinator
Mark Mikutowicz ... assistant: Ms. Jenkins
Anna Musso ... assistant: Mr. Burke
Andy Nelson ... assistant production office coordinator: Arizona (as Andrew Putman-Nelson)
Claire Pacacha ... assistant: Ms. Carey
Alex Panagakis ... publicist
Gary B. Phillips ... office production assistant: Arizona (as Gary Phillips)
Corey Roberts ... set production assistant (as Corey 'Complex' Roberts)
Morgan Roche ... production office intern
Roze ... set production assistant: Arizona
Shylo Shaner ... production office intern
Krystle Sosa ... set production assistant
Salvatore E. Sutera ... set production assistant
José Tejada ... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Anthony Torre ... chef
Priti Trivedi ... production secretary
Elizabeth Verghese ... production accountant
Daniel Wagner ... first assistant accountant
Meghan K. Wicker ... production coordinator
Jason Wozny ... set production assistant: Arizona
Ashley Lamont ... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Madamba ... script researcher (uncredited)
Raynelle Irene Mensah ... production secretary: pre-production (uncredited)
Sara Murphy ... assistant: Philip Seymour Hoffman (uncredited)
Jack T. Nickel ... intern (uncredited)
Matthew Pebler ... production assistant (uncredited)
Lanny Rethaber ... stand-in (uncredited)
Howard Samuelsohn ... dialect coach (uncredited)
Tracey Schaefer ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Colin Stapczynski ... intern (uncredited)
Diana Victor ... business affairs executive: This is That (uncredited)
Paul Woodson ... stand-in (uncredited)
Jason Working ... production office assistant (uncredited)

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Danny Stiles ... acknowledgment: clip from "The Danny Stiles Show" courtesy of

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • La famille Savage (France)
  • Die Geschwister Savage (Germany)
  • La familia Savages (Spain)
  • Семейство Севидж (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Druzina Savage (Slovenia)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $151,859, 02 Dec 2007

Did You Know?

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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Juno/Starting Out in the Evening/The Savages/Hitman/The Diving Bell and the Butterfly/Redacted (2007). See more »
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Quotes Jon Savage: Dad's not the one that has a problem with the Valley View. There's nothing wrong with Dad's situation. Dad's situation is fine. He's never gonna adjust to it if we keep yanking him outta there. And, actually, this upward mobility fixation of yours, it's counterproductive and, frankly, pretty selfish. Because it's not about Dad, it's about you and your guilt. That's what these places prey upon.
Wendy Savage: I happen to think it's nicer here.
Jon Savage: Of course you do, because you are the consumer they want to target. You are the guilty demographic. The landscaping, the neighborhoods of care; they're not for the residents, they're for the relatives. People like you and me who don't want to admit to what's really going on here.
Wendy Savage: Which is what, Jon?
Jon Savage: People are dying, Wendy! Right inside that beautiful building right now, it's a fucking horror show! And all this wellness propaganda and the landscaping, it's just there to obscure the miserable fact that people die! And death is gaseous and gruesome and it's filled with shit and piss and rotten stink!
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