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Savages (1972)

An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for it's innate barbarism.

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Cecily, a Debutante
Margaret Brewster ...
Lady Cora
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Otto Nurder, a Capitalist
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Sir Harry
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Carlotta, a Hostess
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Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
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Archie, a Bully
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Hester
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Asha, The Forest Girl
Eva Saleh ...
Zia, the Child
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Penelope, a High-strung Girl
Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Russ Thacker ...
Andrew, an Eligible Young Man
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Iliona, a Decadent
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James, the Limping Man
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A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a weekend party. There follows an allegory of upper-class behavior. At last, they begin to devolve toward their original status, and after a battle at croquet, they disappear into the woods. Written by Frank Eggleston

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Fantasy | Comedy

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21 June 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Sauvages  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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In this parody film of F. Scott Fitzgerald literature, one of the movie's actors, Sam Waterston, would actually go on to co-star about a couple of years later in the screen version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1974). See more »

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Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

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Savages
Sung by Bobby Short
Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by George W.S. Trow (as George Swift Trow) and Michael O'Donoghue
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Watch it for the savage wit of Michael O'Donoghue
15 May 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

Arguably one of the most bizarre films Merchant-Ivory ever produced, "Savages" is definitely a product of its times (the late '60s/early '70s), yet it still holds certain charms. James Ivory may have come up with the original idea, but it's screenwriters Michael O'Donoghue and George Swift Trow who made the most of the concept, offering up examples of all types of physical and verbal savagery.

The film's a little slow at the start -- after the opening credits it runs like a silent black and white film (with title cards and everything) for some time -- but stick around long enough and it becomes sepia-toned and finally full color as the Mud People take on the outward appearances of high society while still retaining their primitive identities.

Recommended for fans of O'Donoghue's acid wit and anyone who isn't afraid of satire.


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