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Savannah (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family, History | 25 April 2014 (USA)
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Drama about the friendship between an Oxford-educated Southerner and a former black slave in turn-of-the-century Savannah.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Ward Allen
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Christmas Moultrie
Jaimie Alexander ... Lucy Stubbs
Bradley Whitford ... Jack Cay
Sam Shepard ... Mr. Stubbs
Tracey Walter ... Mathias
Jack McBrayer ... Sir Graham
Hal Holbrook ... Judge Harden
Simone Griffeth ... Mrs. Stubbs
George Whitford George Whitford ... Little Jack Whitford
Doug Nemeth Doug Nemeth ... Cowardly Policeman
Billy Hester Billy Hester ... Roy McClain
Richard Seng Richard Seng ... Homer Peeples
Solon Carter Solon Carter ... Scared Paperboy
Daniel Jones Daniel Jones ... Savannah Sheriff
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Storyline

SAVANNAH is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his loyal friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah's markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation. Written by Anonymous

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Based on a true story.


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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Savannah River - Freiheit am Fluss See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,901, 30 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,746, 22 September 2013
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Dolby Digital | Soundelux

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is scene shortly after the film flashes to 1922 where Ward and Christmas are discussing the construction of "Imperial." The characters are referring to Imperial Sugar, which is the modern day corporate name for Dixie Crystal, who built their sugar refinery on Savannah's marsh front in 1916. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Ward Allen died in 1922. He was born in 1856, so he would have been 66 years old, but Jim Caviezel was 44 during filming. Ward Allen actually died in 1931 at the age of 75. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christmas Moultrie: [hearing a distant gunshot] Boy, that one missed his muster.
Little Jack Whitford: Did he miss?
Christmas Moultrie: Oh, yes sir. Ward Allen, missed his muster.
Little Jack Whitford: Aw, come on, Christmas.
Christmas Moultrie: Uncle John told me the stories.
Little Jack Whitford: Tell me another story, Christmas. The one in the war, nearly killed that Russian.
Christmas Moultrie: Come on now, Jack, I told ya that story a hundred times.
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Soundtracks

(Love's Got Me In A) Lazy Moode
Written by Johnny Mercer and Eddie Miller
Performed by Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers
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This film may confuse Non-Southerners, but makes sense to me
6 February 2015 | by james-j-tatumSee all my reviews

The story of Ward Allen is not unknown to hunters. THe relationship he shared with freedman Christmas Moultrie seems to confound and confuse people like Roger Ebert. He cannot see how a White man "of the manor born" could befriend a Black man in those times, and therefore assumes that only Southerners would like this film.

This is my first review on IMDb. I want people to know that this film is far more than worth a watch. The complexities of a new world and a new way of life in post Civil War America, more specifically Savannah, are captured honestly here. THere is no scenery chewing, or unnecessary verbosity in the film. The marrow of the film is the story of friendship, family, loss, and inevitable change. THis film succeeds in making a complicated era of American history a simpler issue, one of laws, man, and the spirit of going against the standard of a mans time and station.

I am very happy that I was able to watch this, and I hope that it gets more respect from humble movie goers like myself who are willing to give it a fair shake, and ignore the Roger Ebert's of the world.


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