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Savage Messiah (2002)

Polly Walker , Luc Picard , Mario Azzopardi  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais, Louis Ferreira, Isabelle Cyr
  • Directors: Mario Azzopardi
  • Writers: Sharon Riis
  • Producers: Bernard Zukerman, Irene Litinsky, Jamie Brown, Michael Prupas
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4LV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Savage Messiah" on IMDb

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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Savage Messaih is the true story of Roc Tremain who had a commune up in Canada where he lived with his 9 wives. On the outside it would seem like they are a happy and peaceful folk, if not a little kinky at times. However whn dweliing upon the inner mysteries of the commune it was revealed that Roc was truelly a monster who physically, psychologically, and sexually abused his 9 wives and 17 children.
This stroy story tells how he was found out about what he did. ALthough the movie cannot even begin to explain what all he really did (and still hold the R rating as well as being viewable in most nations) it does show mostly how he manipulated his wives especially when they all claimed to love him.
The reason this story is so sad and disturbing is the fact that it actually happened, and to many degrees still happens not just in Canada, or BRitian, or any other nation, but also here in the United States. This harsh tale of Physical, Mental, and Sexual abuse may test to some degree of what you thought you knew about Society, and of people as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT March 11, 2003
Format:DVD
Based on a true story;modern Mansonesque self proclaimed prophet goes wild in Canada.Gripping,disturbing,and highly watchable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good depiction March 16, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie was very good. It depicted the savage nature of 'Moses'. Those poor women and children were as controlled by this man as the Manson family was. They were afraid to leave and stayed with the abuse. Finally some of them won't take it anymore, with the help of a social worker and the police.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Messiah is Something of a Hidden Treasure February 12, 2007
Format:DVD
The sociopath Roc Tremain (Luc Picard) is the Canadian version of Charles Manson. He ruthlessly manipulated those within his community of true believers. They refused to abandon Tremain even after witnessing his torturing and murdering one of their fellow members. Their own children were readily sacrificed to this mad man's lust and violent behavior. Disgustingly, Tremain had little sexual interest in the older children. He apparently preferred his female victims to be no older than five or six years old! Government officials did next to nothing until a brave social worker (Polly Walker) relentlessly forced the issue.

I thoroughly enjoyed Savage Messiah. The acting is superb along with the dialogue. Why am I among the very few who thinks so? I cannot begin to understand why this gem of a film is so ignored. It is truly a four and a half to five star film. Please make a point of seeing it. I'm sure you will agree with me.

David Thomson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars have a thick skin February 23, 2009
Format:DVD
as a woman this was hard for me to watch the women and children being abused. but it was an ok film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie July 7, 2014
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This is a real eye opener to the horrors of cults..intence and keeps you watching
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