Savages

Savages

DVD - 2012
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Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry, raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town, until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2012
Edition: Unrated ed. widescreen presentation
Branch Call Number: DVD Action SAVAGES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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An environmentalist and a mercenary growing marijuana find themselves at violent odds with evil Mexican cartel figures.


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ANTHONYZEDAN
May 27, 2017

If you like movies about Mexican drug cartels, you will probably enjoy this film which has a lot of violence and sex in it. Like the title suggests, you as the viewer must decide who the real savages are in the on-going drug war and what it means to be a savage. Big budget, glossy Hollywood version of the two surfers-turned-entrepeneur good guys and their live-in lover growing premium medical marijuana and the black market that wants to undermine their legitimate business. I recommend the unrated version. Salma Hayek has a juicy role in this film.

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gingin1972
Mar 23, 2017

Pretty good but very violent!

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brownwilliam
Feb 27, 2017

Salma Hayek playing the evil but sexy drug king (I mean) Queen-Pin,all the dope coming into Anerica;blame the DEA,The CIA,FBI and the Mexican Mafia for letting the smack into America.Law Enforcement is being paid off to let the stuff into America.Savages-Benicio Del Toro-Weasel,John Travolta-Hyena.

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soccerkid89
Oct 07, 2016

This movie was a good movie. It may not not have been an A-List movie. However it was alright though. My favourite scenes in the movie was Scene 12 and Scene 13. It had an all star cast. The girls I found attractive in this movie were Selma Hayek,Karishma Ahluwalia,Amber Dixon Brenner and Sandra Echeverría. The actors did a fantastic job with their roles.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2016

The drug war bled savages whose appalling brutality were no less gruesome than ISIS. But even savages have Achilles heels that made them vulnerable to their enemies. While the Laguna Beach connection in a drug war is unique and intriguing, it is not as "savage" as another drug war film Sicario, 2015 which also starred Benicio Del Toro as a ruthless killer.

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fdb045
Dec 10, 2015

Not great but not bad either. Fast pace keeps your interest.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 26, 2015

Say what you will about Oliver Stone (like he's a bombastic, left-wing nutjob), he rarely makes boring movies. For a while (mid-80s to mid-90s), he was America's most consistent provocateur, making unapologetically political films about Vietnam, JFK, and serial killers. He wanted to piss you off and even if you didn't like him, he was hard to ignore. But he seemed to burn himself out on controversy and ended the 90s with a dusty neo-noir ("U Turn") and a football movie ("Any Given Sunday"). Although he returned to political subjects (9/11, George W. Bush), he hasn't been able to rekindle the same flame. "Savages" is an over the top, hyperactive, violent drug movie that recalls "Natural Born Killers," but without that film's veneer of satire. 3 independent pot growers/dealers go up against a Mexican cartel and things get nasty. When the movie's on, it's a pulply, nihilistic rush, but it's uneven, miscast, and, like so many of Stone's movies, too long. This includes an unrated director's cut that is 10 minutes extra. The three leads are plenty good looking, but lack charisma. The villains, played by Benicio Del Toro (recalling his "Sin City" baddie) and Salma Hayek, are far better. John Travolta, sans hair piece, gives one of his best performances in years as a fed playing both sides. I wouldn't call it a good movie and Stone botches the ending, but I also wasn't bored. "Traffic" came to mind a few times, as did "Scarface," which Stone wrote.

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readyrisa
May 22, 2015

Very violent and confusing.

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HarmonyPeaceLove
Jan 30, 2015

Sex, Drugs & Violence ~ I found this movie interesting & entertaining to watch. I like all the actors ~ great stuff.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Aug 19, 2014

Just another slick dope game movie period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jimg2000
May 01, 2016

Not in IMDb yet:

Dennis: If you want to see the real crooks, the real pros, just turn on the fxxking TV. Yeah. We've made heroes of whores. A nation of whores. Wall Street. Washington. Those bastards make what I do out here look pathetic. If they woke up with my job, with my life, with my salary, they'd be looking for the nearest gun to swallow.
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O: I looked up the definition of ”savage.” It means, "Cruel, crippled." ”Regressed back to a primal state of being.” One day, maybe, we'll be back. For now, we live like savages. Beautiful savages.
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O: I have orgasms. He has war-gasms.
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Chon: So, I read up on your Buddha. According to the Dalai Lama, if you are in a position to prevent greater violence, strike first and strike fast.
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Elena: You see how I never laugh and I never cry? Well, that's because I have Botox of the heart.
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O: I have orgasms. He has war-gasms.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2016

Many quotes in IMDb as these:

Chon: I think, basically, you want us to eat your shit and call it caviar.
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O: [voice-over] It started here in paradise, Laguna Beach, where they say God parked himself on the seventh day, but they towed him on the eighth.
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Chon: Grow up Ben. You don't change the world, it changes you.
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Elena: If the mountain doesn't come to Mohammed, Mohammed comes to California.
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Ben: That was Mexico, this is Laguna. The cops wear shorts and ride bicycles.
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O: [voice-over] Call me O. I was named after Ophelia, the bipolar basket case in Hamlet who committed suicide. So I cut it down to just O.
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Lado: Stop begging! You sound like a woman...

aaa5756 Aug 05, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Aug 05, 2013

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 26, 2013

Sexual Content: A couple of scenes of sexual intercourse with limited nudity.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 26, 2013

Violence: Some scenes of torture and beheading, with plenty of gore.

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DexDude
Apr 25, 2013

DexDude thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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