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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.

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Oliver Stone

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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
Demián Bichir ... Alex
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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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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$47,382,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,966,152
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Uma Thurman, John Travolta's costar from Pulp Fiction (1994) and Be Cool (2005) was cast as "Paqu," O's mother, but her scenes were cut from the movie. See more »

Goofs

When O spits in Lado's face the colour of her lips/lipstick change(s). 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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Alternate Versions

The Region 1 and Region A Blu-ray have a extended edition of the film. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance in Durango
Written by Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Good Action Movie
28 December 2013 | by nemisis_0See all my reviews

Reading the reviews i'm not sure why people were expecting this movie to be like an Oscar winner or something? Going in I wasn't expecting it to be an Oscar winner, if you were expecting this movie to be about a Mexican cartel and not have violence in it then you know zero about Mexican cartels and that is an understatement.

Funny thing was i was expecting this movie not to portray Mexican cartels in their real light, but after watching the movie, yup they are as ruthless as the movie portrays and glad Hollywood portrayed them like that instead of sugar coating the threat they pose to the world.

If you are looking for a violent action movie based on an American drug ring vs a Mexican cartel well you probably have one of the better movies when it comes to that. If you are looking for gone with the wind, sound of the music or something like that best look else where. Me, I highly enjoyed the movie, it delivered better than i thought it was going to deliver. People will complain about the violence but again this is about a Mexican cartel, not the boy scouts. There is nothing i hate more than a movie that isn't true to it's roots, but this movie stays true to what Mexican cartels are all about when it comes to business.


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