Savages Film Still


James Ivory

Savages (Merchant Ivory DVD)

Merchant Ivory DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • United States
  • 1972
  • 106 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.77:1
  • English

The first American film from Merchant Ivory Productions is a fascinating meditation on the rise and fall of civilizations, with a witty screenplay by George Swift Trow and Michael O’Donoghue. Savages is filmed in an improvisatory, experimental style and merges a series of tragicomic tableaux with pseudo-scholarly documentary narration and title cards. A masked, naked, clay-covered band of jungle primitives are disturbed in the middle of a human sacrifice by the sudden intrusion of a croquet ball. Led by their high priestess, they trek through the forest in search of its origins and arrive at an immense, deserted manor house. They occupy the mansion, which begins to have a civilizing effect on them; individual personalities emerge, and with them, pasts, futures, family connections, ambitions, and other trappings of society. Savages is a dark, biting satire that will turn viewer expectations upside-down.


Julian Branch, a songwriterLewis Stadlen
Carlotta, a hostessAnne Francine
Otto Nürder, a capitalistThayer David
Cecily, a debutanteSusie Blakely
Andrew, an eligible young manRuss Thacker
Emily Penning, a woman in disgraceSalome Jens
Lady CoraMargaret Brewster
Sir HarryNeil Fitzgerald
Zia, the childEva Saleh
Iliona, a decadentUltra Violet
The forest girlAsha Puthli
Archie, a bullyMartin Kove
LeslieKathleen Widdoes
HectorChristopher Pennock
James, the limping manSam Waterston
Penelope, a high-strung girlPaulita Sedgwick


DirectorJames Ivory
ProducerIsmail Merchant
ScreenplayGeorge Swift Trow and Michael O’Donoghue
Based on an idea byJames Ivory
MusicJoe Raposo
CinematographyWalter Lassally
EditingKent McKinney

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization, an hour-long documentary film by director James Ivory about Indian scholar Nirad Chaudhuri
  • Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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