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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 28, 2007


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Mott Hupfel Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Tamara Jenkins Best Screenplay 2007 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Tamara Jenkins Best Screenplay 2007 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tamara Jenkins Best Screenplay 2007 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Tamara Jenkins Best Original Screenplay 2007 Winner
Ohio Film Critics Tamara Jenkins Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Tamara Jenkins Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Southeastern Film Critics Association Tamara Jenkins Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tamara Jenkins Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Tamara Jenkins Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tamara Jenkins Best Director 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Laura Linney Best Actress 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laura Linney Best Actress 2007 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Laura Linney Best Actress 2007 Nominee
Golden Satellite Award Laura Linney Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2007 Nominee
Ohio Film Critics Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2007 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Male Lead 2007 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2007 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2007 Nominee


Laura Linney
as Wendy Savage
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Jon Savage
Philip Bosco
as Lenny Savage
Peter Friedman
as Larry
David Zayas
as Eduardo
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Jimmy
Cara Seymour
as Kasia
Tonye Patano
as Ms. Robinson
Guy Boyd
as Bill Lachman
Debra Monk
as Nancy Lachman
Rosemary Murphy
as Doris Metzger
Hal Blankenship
as Burt
Joan Jaffe
as Lizzie
Salem Ludwig
as Mr. Sperry
Sandy Daley
as Attendant
Peter Frechette
as Matt
Jennifer Lim
as Manicurist
Kristine Nielsen
as Nurse
Christopher Durham
as Doctor
Maddie Corman
as Annie
Cynthia Darlow
as Nurse #2
Carmen Roman
as Administrator
Nancy Lenehan
as Counselor
Michael Higgins
as Resident #1
Madeleine Lee Gilford
as Resident #2
Tijuana Ricks
as Valley View Nurse
Margo Martindale
as Roz
Erica Berg
as Woman in Parking Lot
Michael Blackson
as Howard
Sidné Anderson
as Simone
Patti Karr
as Woman With Red Pillow
Johnny Bolton
as Father in Mall Lot
Zoe Kazan
as Student
Lee Sellars
as Father
Marianne Weems
as Director
Tobin Tyler
as Valley View Nurse #2
Lili Liu
as Manicurist #2
Max Jenkins-Goetz
as Boy


Tamara Jenkins
Fred Westheimer
Erica Westheimer
Anne Carey
Ted Hope
Tamara Jenkins
Mott Hupfel
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Trask
Composer (Music Score)
Brian A. Kates
Jane Ann Stewart
Production Designer
Mario R. Ventenilla
Art Director
Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Art Director
Lori Keith Douglas
Alexander Payne
Executive Producer
Fred Westheimer
Executive Producer
Anthony Bregman
Executive Producer
Jim Burke
Executive Producer
Jim Taylor
Executive Producer
Maggie McFarland
Costume Designer
Carrie Stewart
Set Decorator
Matt Callahan
Set Decorator
David C. Robinson
Costume Designer
Chip Signore
First Assistant Director
Peter Agliata
Camera Operator
Jeanne McCarthy
David Flanigan
Second Assistant Camera
Bart Durkin
Heather Gross
Sound Effects Editor
Denton Hanna
Location Manager
Jimmy MacMillan
Key Grip
Michael Tesfai
Vanessa Merrill
Art Department Coordinator
Andrew Putnam-Nelson
Assistant Production Coordinator
Claire Pacacha
Producer's Assistant
Amanda Goodpaster
Music Editor
Krystle Sosa
Set Production Assistant
Ali Muney
First Assistant Editor
Elisa Vasquez
Second Assistant Camera
Eric Wrolstad
Assistant Location Manager
Steve Pelequin
Loretta James-Demasi
Assistant Makeup
Stefanie Azpiazu
Producer's Assistant
Kim Krafsky
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Bill Tripician
Extra Casting
Michael Castillo
Digital Effects
Dionne Pitsikoulis
Assistant Makeup
Tracy Sagalow
Art Department Intern
Nina Kuhn
Daniel Ciampa
Scenic Artist
Olenka Denysenko
Assistant Properties
Mark Fellman
Still Photographer
Priti Trivedi
Production Secretary
Travis Quegan
Joe Proscia
Ken Shibata
Connie Hoy
Production Coordinator
Dan Hersey
First Assistant Camera
Nili Lerner
Scenic Artist
Kathryn Botkin
Set Production Assistant
Kimberly Feinman
Assistant Location Manager
Nicole Abellera
Casting Associate
Jon Scardino
Assistant Properties
Jeremy Wren
Rick Seeberg
Best Boy Grip
James Bastian
Ryan Detzel
Production Assistant
Mariana Hellmund
Script Supervisor
Elizabeth Verghese
Production Accountant
Christine Skubish
Scenic Artist
Shannon Harrington
Additional Hair Stylist
Dominick Tavella
Re-Recording Mixer
Joe Bunce
Herb Lieberz
Casandra Keating
Assistant Makeup
Jim Lembo
Steve McAuliff
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
John Yirak
First Assistant Camera
Iris Ng
Jay Coolidge
Alfonso Trinidad
Second Assistant Director
Mark Mikutowicz
Assistant to the Director
Ariel Chudzikiewicz
Art Department Intern
Steve Caterelli
Set Dresser
Justine Cogan
Producer's Assistant
Joseph Bonn
Music Editor
Sam Gutierrez
Dave Harter
Production Assistant
Rich Marino
Eric Mcallister
Assistant Sound Editor
Josh Bluth
Production Assistant
Joanna Brett
Assistant Costume Designer
Jonathan Ferrantelli
Post Production Supervisor
Stacey Panepinto
Key Make-up
Mike Russo
Stunts Coordinator
Cathy Wassylenko
Scenic Artist
Robin Nelson Sweet
Unit Production Manager
Jessica Nissen
Scenic Artist
Anna Musso
Producer's Assistant
Kevin Kilcher
Camera Loader
Divine Cox
Bruce McNally
Scenic Artist
Ryan Bua
Craft Service/Catering
Michael Lizzio
Production Assistant
Anthony Torre
Craft Service/Catering
Faith Hibbs-Clark
Extra Casting
Mike Aufiero
Andrea Horta
ADR Supervisor
Rich Fuentes
Set Dresser
Michael Rosebush-Dicenzo
Art Department Intern
Morgan Donaho
Casting Assistant
June McCarthy-Dimming
Production Assistant
Malcolm Reid
Construction Foreman
Laura Felschow
Production Assistant
Jyota Bertrang
Set Production Assistant
Von Scott
Second Assistant Camera
Jesse Nye
Second Assistant Director
Edward Battista
Mike Ryan
Production Supervisor
Peter Clores
Transportation Captain
Geoff Nangle
Jason Wozny
Set Production Assistant
Patrick Barile
Craft Service/Catering
Randall Balsmeyer
Title Design
Kara Blanchard
Producer's Assistant
Ian Carmody
Camera Loader
Benjamin Cheah
Re-Recording Mixer
Benjamin Cheah
Supervising Sound Editor
Nick Adrian
Production Assistant
Leighton Edmondson
Best Boy Electric
Mathew Price
Production Sound Mixer