The Savages

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Overview

A pair of siblings are forced to set aside their discomfort with one another for the sake of their father in this low-key comedy drama from writer/director Tamara Jenkins. Wendy Savage Laura Linney is a struggling playwright living in New York City who works a day job to support herself and can't shake the feeling that she's failed as an artist. Wendy isn't especially happy about her love life either, gaining little self-esteem from her on-and-off affair with oversexed, married neighbor Larry Peter Friedman. ...
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Overview

A pair of siblings are forced to set aside their discomfort with one another for the sake of their father in this low-key comedy drama from writer/director Tamara Jenkins. Wendy Savage Laura Linney is a struggling playwright living in New York City who works a day job to support herself and can't shake the feeling that she's failed as an artist. Wendy isn't especially happy about her love life either, gaining little self-esteem from her on-and-off affair with oversexed, married neighbor Larry Peter Friedman. Wendy's anxieties about her writing career are intensified by the success of her brother, Jon Philip Seymour Hoffman, who teaches theater history at a college in Buffalo, NY, and has published a number of books. While Jon's life seems fine on the surface, a case of writer's block has stalled work on his latest project, and he's deeply upset that his girlfriend is soon to leave the United States to return to her native Poland. Wendy and Jon don't get along and prefer not to see one another, but an unfortunate circumstance brings them together -- their father, Lenny Savage Philip Bosco. Elderly Lenny has began showing signs of dementia, and shortly after he takes to smearing his feces on the walls of his Arizona home, his ailing long-term girlfriend suddenly dies. Wendy and Jon have little choice but to fly to Arizona and see what can be done for Lenny, but their long-simmering animosity makes it hard for them to deal with the realities of Lenny's condition. The Savages received its world premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; About the Savages featurette; Director's snapshots; Extended scene
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • UPC: 024543506799
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,567

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Linney Wendy Savage
Philip Seymour Hoffman Jon Savage
Philip Bosco Lenny Savage
Peter Friedman Larry
David Zayas Eduardo
Gbenga Akinnagbe Jimmy
Cara Seymour Kasia
Tonye Patano Ms. Robinson
Guy Boyd Bill Lachman
Debra Monk Nancy Lachman
Rosemary Murphy Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship Burt
Joan Jaffe Lizzie
Laura Palmer Real Estate Agent
Salem Ludwig Mr. Sperry
Sandy Daley Attendant
Peter Frechette Matt
Jennifer Lim Manicurist
Kristine Nielsen Nurse
Christopher Durham Doctor
Maddie Corman Annie
Cynthia Darlow Nurse #2
Carmen Roman Administrator
Nancy Lenehan Counselor
Michael Higgins Resident #1
Madeleine Lee Gilford Resident #2
Tijuana Ricks Valley View Nurse
Margo Martindale Roz
Erica Berg Woman in Parking Lot
Michael Blackson Howard
Sidné Anderson Simone
Patti Karr Woman With Red Pillow
Johnny Bolton Father in Mall Lot
Zoe Kazan Student
Lee Sellars Father
Marianne Weems Director
Tobin Tyler Valley View Nurse #2
Debbie Fuhrman Physical Therapist
Lili Liu Manicurist #2
Max Jenkins-Goetz Boy
Technical Credits
Tamara Jenkins Director, Screenwriter
Peter Agliata Camera Operator
Anthony Bregman Executive Producer
Jim Burke Executive Producer
Anne Carey Producer
Lori Keith Douglas Co-producer
Ted Hope Producer
Mott Hupfel Cinematographer
Brian A. Kates Editor
Suttirat Anne Larlarb Art Director
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Maggie McFarland Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Payne Executive Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Chip Signore Asst. Director
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Jim Taylor Executive Producer
Stephen Trask Score Composer
Mario R. Ventenilla Art Director
Fred Westheimer Executive Producer, Producer
Erica Westheimer Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Savages
1. Main Title/Sun City [5:22]
2. Wake Me When It's Over [1:43]
3. A Cervical Thing [4:16]
4. Orange Alert [2:18]
5. Real Life [2:53]
6. Without the Nup [3:45]
7. Hi, Dad [3:06]
8. In It Together [4:38]
9. Memories [3:48]
10. Heading East [5:08]
11. Valley View [3:54]
12. The Right Thing [4:09]
13. Pull the Plug [4:23]
14. Kasia [3:03]
15. The Guggenheim [5:37]
16. Not Much of An Offer [3:18]
17. Eldercare for Dummies [4:21]
18. Greenhill Manor [4:31]
19. Home Decorating [2:44]
20. Midlife Crisis [5:18]
21. Big Red Pillow [3:38]
22. Like the Wizard of Oz [1:00]
23. Fema? [4:32]
24. Cat Fight [5:01]
25. That's It? [3:40]
26. Deli Flowers [4:35]
27. No Laughing Matter [4:28]
28. End Titles [3:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Savages
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   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      About the Savages
      Extended Scenes
         Sun City West Rhythm Tappers Uncut
         "Two of a Kind" Uncut
      Director's Snapshots
      Trailers
         The Family Stone
         Music Within
         The Onion Movie
         Network Bones Trailer
         Bonneville
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Capturing the Drama of Our Everyday Simple Existence

    How we all come to grips with our mortality is often previewed in how we manage the care of our elders. When that elder care is focused on a parent, as it is in Tamara Jenkins's brilliant film THE SAVAGES, it not only strikes chords with individual philosophies, but is also reveals the intricacies of family relationships that come into play in coping with the final days of a parent's life. Though there is little story to this film, this is a character study about isolation, loneliness, and need that will touch the hearts of sensitive viewers. Wendy Savage (Laura Linney) is a frustrated unpublished playwright working as a temp, a bright woman whose insecurities limit her emotional activity to an affair with a 'safe' married man Larry (Peter Friedman). Jon Savage (Philip Seymour Hoffman), her older brother, is a professor of philosophy who is writing a book on the theater of the absurd of Bertolt Brecht while living in Buffalo with a Polish woman, Kasia (Cara Seymour), who, because Jon does not wish to commit to marriage, is forcing his only emotional tie to return to Poland when her Visa expires. Wendy and Jon were deserted by their mother at an early age, left in the care of their abusive father Lenny Savage (Philip Bosco), and both siblings have distanced themselves from their father now living in Sun City, Arizona with his girlfriend of twenty years. Lenny's girlfriend dies and the signs of Lenny's rapidly encroaching dementia force Wendy and Jon to fly to Arizona to 'make arrangements' for their demented father. Coming together under duress the two siblings are forced to confront their own frustrations together with the realities of placing Lenny in a nursing home. Lenny is moved from Arizona to Buffalo, NY and the manner in which Jon and Wendy cope with the new 'family' arrangement raises problems of guilt, memories of their childhood, resentment, and ultimately the manner in which they continue with their lives. The film could have easily become a diatribe against current nursing home conditions, but instead Jenkins through her superb script and direction levels the playing field, allowing the family frustrations to play out in equal time with the vantage of the caregivers (well played by David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Margo Martindale, Tonye Patano, Nancy Lenehan, Tijuana Ricks, and others). But the real power of this film comes from the bravura performances by Linney, Hoffman, and Bosco. These three actors can do more with silences and facial and body expressions that just about anyone on the screens today. Watching these gifted actors at their trade makes for a stunning film experience and one that shakes us all a bit to think about things we don't wish to consider - death, care of the elderly, and finding life in a world that usually runs a bit on the crazy side. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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