Scott, who also stars in it with his wife, Trish Van Devere, is one of those desert-island movies in which the members of the audience, more often than the characters within the film, keep searching the horizon in hopes that a ship will pass by. Scott has been talking through his hat in recent public statements that the movie is not about incest, the subject is so genteelly handled that I can't imagine children seeing the film would be anything but confused and probably bored. The production, photographed entirely on location south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, looks pretty and has the studied blandness of a film directed according to a 50-year-old textbook on movie making. Scott decided to bring this unusual tale to the big screen. The less said about the other performances, the better. However, its bold premise was the reason that Scott independently financed and distributed the film himself, thus ensuring that he had total artistic control.
The first challenge is to adapt to the conditions and learn to survive but the more crucial challenge comes years later when the son John David Carlson comes of age and has a sexual awakening. Relyea; director of photography, Alex Phillips Jr. The strategy works and we next see David as a teenager, already proving his expertise in tracking and killing dangerous wildlife. Consequently, the movie turns into a thriller in the latter section, with father and son forced to engage in a potentially deadly duel of wits and strength, as Maida observes in horror what can only be a tragic conclusion, no matter who prevails. His direction is understated, as is his performance, at least until the final reel when he must do battle with his own beloved son. Comments Have you watched The Savage Is Loose yet? One suspects that convoluted rights problems might be preventing this but someone out there owns the distribution to this film.
The film, which opened yesterday at the Rivoli and other theaters, is a three-character, four-actor melodrama about a scientist, his much younger wife and their son who are shipwrecked on a tropical isle early in this century. With Trish Van Devere, John David Carson, Lee H. In 1974, at the height of his career, George C. Van Devere is also excellent, as is Montgomery in the early scenes in which David is an innocent little boy. The Savage Is Loose was the second and last theatrical feature George C. The movie is done on a modest budget and boasts only one impressive set piece: the wreck of the ship that has left the family stranded on this remote island. By reducing the Oedipal conflict to such a basic confrontation, the movie has the effect of making a common psychological conflict seem as remote to most of us as the emotional lives of Siamese twins.
Instead he pushes for a training that will allow the boy. Scott at this point looks like a cross between the Biblical Abraham and Raymond Duncan and seemingly because the life force is so strong that Mom's resistance to her son begins to run out. This supposedly has the effect of turning him into the savage of the title, though why he couldn't also have learned to read and write is never properly explained. Under this scenario, Scott would literally sell theaters prints of the movie and split the costs of advertising with them. The cause is apparent: with his hormones raging, he has set his sites on his own mother, who he wants to take as his lover. The plan set off quite a bit of buzz in the industry with studio chiefs predictably calling it unworkable. It will then ask you for other specific criteria.
The faith that a rescue ship will arrive gradually wanes, and Scott decides that it is useless to instruct their son in the manner of refined society. Scott and Miss Van Devere, though the banality of the script has a way of letting them seem overwrought when they mean to be believably passionate. Alternative movies trailers for The Savage Is Loose More movie trailers, teasers, and clips from The Savage Is Loose: 1974 13 August 1974 During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. Click the menu icon and choose 'Settings' within the respective menu. T he New York Times gave it an outright pan to read. As the months and years pass, father and son return to the wreck to explore for any lost items that might be of practical value.
Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. The mother wants to raise the boy as a civilized child who can read and write, while the father feels the boy must be taught to dominate his environment. Scott came up with a distribution plan for the movie that was unique. It's clear, however, that with the passing of the years, there is an unspoken tension within the family. .
This film has been rated R. At the Rivoli Theater, Broadway at 49th Street and other theaters. What force it has comes entirely from the performances of Mr. Not helping matters was the off-putting subject matter. Near the turn of the century, John Scott , his wife Maidi Trish VanDevere and their young son David Lee Montgomery are shipwrecked on a remote island. Someone might very well have made a plausible Oedipal metaphor out of this story, but not Max Ehrlich and Frank De Felitta Jr. The theaters played to mostly empty houses and quickly pulled the film from distribution, thus ending Scott's bold experiment.
A turn-of-the-century ship is wrecked off a small tropical desert island, with scientist Scott, wife Van Devere, and their son the only survivors. Scott produced, directed and distributed this offbeat drama. There are no villains here and Scott presents the dilemma as tastefully as possible. It isn't long before things come to a showdown, largely because Dad has allowed himself to get cranky and go to wrack and ruin Mr. With his mother the only woman he has ever known, tensions rise as he competes with his own father for her attention. What did you think about it? He sports a modern hair style and his language and mannerisms reflect the culture of the year in which the movie was made: 1974. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.
Stranded for years with no sign of a rescue, a bitter--and, eventually, dangerous--rivalry slowly develops between father and son as they begin to compete for the affections of the young man's mother. This is hardly the kind of scenario that would have motivated Disney to bid on distribution rights. Things go a bit awry when John David Carson takes over the role. David becomes sullen and rarely communicates with his mother and father. A heavily portentous line spoken early in the film by the son played as an adolescent by Lee H. Scott produced, directed and distributed this offbeat drama.
As the years pass, David now played by John Carson grows to adulthood, and he begins. A major point is made at the beginning of the film of the conflict between the parents. Scott directs and stars in this tale of a family marooned on a remote island in the early 1900s. Resigned to the fact they may never be rescued, John teaches David how to survive on his own, and instills in him a macho philosophy that the strong will always defeat the weak. The scathing reviews helped provide the coup de grace. The quality of the transfer is adequate but only makes one desire to see a first-rate studio release. Although a fair number of theaters did end up showing the movie, it was quickly apparently that the buzz about the film didn't translate into public interest.