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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
Paulita Sedgwick ...
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)  »

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Sauvages  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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The picture is considered a parody of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the type of stories Fitzgerald penned. One of cast members was actually called Neil Fitzgerald who portrayed Sir Harry. 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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Bizarre, Bizarre, Bizarre
10 August 1999 | by (Salina, KS) – See all my reviews

The plot summary provided does a good job of describing "Savages," a film I rented at a Kwikshop in the late 1980s. Co-written by Michael O'Donoghue (of early SNL writing fame), this movie ranks near the top of my "Weird Films" list. Explanatory narration was, I believe, in German, which of course limited the effectiveness of the explanations. The decadence of the Long Islanders was truly kinky, and shades of "The Gods Must Be Crazy" are evident in the croquet ball (nee soda bottle).

How stunning to see the cast list and recognize not only Sam Waterston but also Martin Kove ("Cagney & Lacey," "The Karate Kid") and Salome Jens ("Sisters," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") among the credits.

It's worth a view for the bizarrity alone. Add the delicious pleasure of seeing currently working (and in some cases successful) actors in this odd film, and you have the makings of a twisted conversation piece.

Nutshell: Watch it in a darkened room with off-the-wall company and come away with a somewhat surreal residual buzz.


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