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Savages (2012)

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Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Shane Salerno (screenplay), Don Winslow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Lively ... O
Taylor Kitsch ... Chon
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ben (as Aaron Johnson)
Jana Banker Jana Banker ... Volleyball Girl
Candra Docherty Candra Docherty ... Grow House Girl
Nana Ghana ... Bicycle Delivery Girl (as Nana Agyapong)
Gary Stretch ... Bad Ass Biker
Benicio Del Toro ... Lado
Diego Cataño ... Esteban
Shea Whigham ... Chad
Karishma Ahluwalia ... Chad's Girlfriend
Joaquín Cosio ... El Azul
John Travolta ... Dennis
Jonathan Carr Jonathan Carr ... Valet
Donnabella Mortel ... Marla
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Storyline

In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead lover Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other - Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salvajes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,016,910, 8 July 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,382,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,966,152
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Originally scheduled for a Fall release, the opening date was immediately moved to July following the first screening for the studio. See more »

Goofs

After Chon stabs Dennis' hand, the scar appliance on Chon's right neck has torn away from his skin. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
O: [voice-over] Just because I'm telling you this story doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it. This could all be pre-recorded and I could be talking to you from the bottom of the ocean. Yeah, it's that kind of a story. Because things just got so out of control.
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Connections

References El Chavo del Ocho (1972) See more »

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Cartel Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Adam Peters
Performed by Adam Peters
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Please, just make the voice-over stop
25 September 2012 | by mattbaxter72See all my reviews

There are many bad things about this movie, but let's list the good things first. The plot makes sense, kind of. It's nicely shot, and the beach looked pretty. And... I guess John Travolta looked as though he was having fun? Which is more than I could say for the poor buggers who had to sit through this mess.

Your two leads, ladies and gentlemen, are Aaron Johnson, last seen being upstaged by a preteen girl, and Taylor Kitsch, who Hollywood keeps casting as the lead in blockbusters which then tank spectacularly at the box office. You know why that is, Hollywood? It's because Taylor Kitsch has no charisma. None. The furniture was more interesting than he was, and had more emotional range. Even he's better than Johnson, a black hole of tedium from which nothing interesting can escape. These are two of the blandest leads I've ever seen, and I've seen movies that starred rappers.

But dear God in heaven, they are much, much better than Blake Lively. I haven't seen much else of her acting, so I can only think she can do much better than this. But here she's playing a 30-year-old ingénue, a woman-child who knows Shakespeare but doesn't know what 'savages' means. She's meant to be sexy and alluring, but she comes across as so boundlessly stupid that no man could seriously find her attractive. I don't think that's her fault, but the no-nudity clause that made the sex scenes in this movie so absurd? Yeah, that was her fault.

Even that isn't the worst. There's still... that voice-over. The narration that infests this whole movie, but especially the early scenes, is some of the worst writing I've ever heard. 'I had orgasms, he had wargasms' is a phrase that will live with me until I die. And now, even if you haven't seen the movie, it'll haunt your nightmares, too. You're welcome.


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