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The Savages (2007)

aka The Savages

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Details: 114 mins · English, German, Cantonese · R (USA)


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Small Wendy Savage
Small Jon Savage
No_movie_poster Lenny Savage
Small Kasia
Small Larry
Small Eduardo
No_movie_poster Howard
No_movie_poster Bill Lachman
No_movie_poster Nancy Lachman
No_movie_poster Jimmy
Small Ms. Robinson


No_movie_poster Anthony Bregman Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Jeanne McCarthy Casting
No_movie_poster David C. Robinson Costume Design
No_movie_poster Jim Taylor Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Ted Hope Producer
No_movie_poster Lori Keith Douglas Producer
Small Alexander Payne Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Anne Carey Producer
No_movie_poster Brian A. Kates Editor
No_movie_poster Stephen Trask Music
No_movie_poster Jane Ann Stewart Production Design
No_movie_poster Randall Poster Music
No_movie_poster Tamara Jenkins Director
No_movie_poster Erica Westheimer Producer
No_movie_poster Jim Burke Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Fred Westheimer Executive Producer
No_movie_poster W. Mott Hupfel III Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Tamara Jenkins Writer
No_movie_poster Brian A. Kates Editing


After drifting apart emotionally over the years, two single siblings — Wendy (Linney) and Jon (Hoffman) — band together to care for their estranged, elderly father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), who is rapidly slipping into dementia. Wendy and Jon first travel to Sun City, Arizona, to attend the funeral of their father's girlfriend of 20 years. When they arrive, they are told that their father signed a non-marriage agreement and will not have rights to any of her property. They then move him to a nursing home in Buffalo, New York, where Jon is a theater professor working on a book about Bertolt Brecht. Wendy, who is an aspiring, but unsuccessful, playwright, moves from New York City to help establish their father in Buffalo.

Neither is close with Lenny, who is said to have been a difficult man to live with. (It is implied that he was a physically and emotionally abusive father when Jon and Wendy were growing up and they cut him out of their lives.) Their dysfunctional family life appears to have left Wendy and Jon emotionally crippled and unable to sustain a relationship. She is sleeping with an unattainable married man 13 years her senior and he cannot commit to a Polish woman who must return to Kraków after her visa expires.

Their visits to the nursing home and their father's eventual death allow them to reevaluate their lives and to grow emotionally. In the end, Wendy is seen working on the production of her play about their terrible childhood and Jon is leaving for a conference in Poland where it is suggested he may reconnect with the woman he had let go.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2007-11-28 : United States of America

DVD : 2008-04-22