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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Alexander, Sam Shepard, Bradley Whitford
  • Directors: Annette Haywood-Carter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DCRE87O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The compelling true story of the charismatic Ward Allen, who in the early 1900s leaves behind a life of privilege in Savannah to live off the land with his hunting buddy Christmas Moultrie and must choose between his newfound freedom and the love a the society woman who captures his heart.

Customer Reviews

Jim Caviezel did a very good job with his southern accent.
Caro
Love story and tale about about yearning for a simple life involving an uncompromising outdoorsman, his aristocratic wife, and his freedman lifelong pal.
Devon Rood
I feel like the movie had potential, yet the storyline was difficult to follow at times.
Meghan

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tnmtnbreeze on September 9, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I completely agree with the person who wondered why this is not being shown in theaters. I saw Savannah on "On Demand" on my TV and I feel a great injustice has been done to movie-goers by not letting them witness the outstanding performances of Jim Caviezel as Ward Allen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as his companion, Christmas. I can just imagine the beautiful scenery of Savannah, GA on the big screens of theaters. It's beyond me why they show some of the 'stuff' that you see in theaters, and send a great movie like SAVANNAH straight to DVD...not right.:(
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2013
Format: DVD
I very much enjoyed seeing Jim Caviezels character... emoting! He was really wonderful in this. I absolutely loved him doing this character. Someone else wrote that Caviezel and Alexander did not have good chemistry. Just because there was not a gratuitous sex scene with buns bouncing up and down, does not mean that there was not chemistry. I was able to get a very clear understanding of their love and passion for each other and I thought the actors had fantastic chemistry, particularly in the intimate scenes.
It was BEAUTIFULLY filmed. Cinematography captured the essence of the outdoor scenes. I could almost smell the marshes and feel the humid breeze.
I would recommend this movie. It definitely was not boring. Yet, it was not so heart wrenching that I couldn't sleep later. All in all, a very enjoyable use of my Sunday afternoon.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2013
Format: DVD
Actor Jim Caviezel was the name that grabbed my attention and convinced me to pay to watch this movie when it appeared in the on demand menu of my television. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Sam Shepard and Hal Holbrook also had roles in this film. I viewed it on August 1 , 2013 even though I wasn't expecting it to be available yet.

The film, based on true events, focuses on the true story of Ward Allen, a highly educated man who turned his back on conventional life - and his inheritance - to live freely on the Savannah River, hunting ducks and avoiding many of the "rules" of so-called polite society. He is accompanied by his long time friend, Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Ward isn't afraid to offend those who try to get in his way, from government officials to the elite who think that duck hunting is a light diversion.His honest and open manner attracts the attention of a society woman, Lucy (Jaimie Alexander). She is equally out-spoken, somewhat impetuous, and willing to take risks. .

There were many sweet and charming moments in this film. But I have to admit it didn't wholly engage me. While Sam Shepard was in fine form, Caviezel didn't seem convincing as Ward Allen. I also didn't buy the love relationship between him and Lucy. There didn't seem to be enough chemistry there.
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The film did make me want to know more about Ward Allen. Much of the movie is based on the research of John Cay and John Cay Jr. There are two editions of a book, Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter, one written by John Cay (1958) and the other with the author listed as John Cay Jr. (1959). I also discovered that Christmas Moultrie, Allen's companion on the river, was born a slave in 1859 (on Christmas Day) and died in April of 1957.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Devon Rood on August 21, 2013
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Love story and tale about about yearning for a simple life involving an uncompromising outdoorsman, his aristocratic wife, and his freedman lifelong pal. Well told, great footage, beautiful scenery. It's not quite as good as Legends of the Fall, but it's the same kind of movie, set in the South in the early 1900's. Brought me to tears many times.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia R. Gould on August 21, 2013
Format: DVD
The premise of this movie, in my opinion, is that utopias never last. Ward Allen was in his own utopia in the early years of the century as a hunter of ducks for market in Savannah, Georgia. Although he was Oxford educated from a family of means, he chose to live totally opposite the values of the rich. This movie is based on the true story of his life. His two close companions who helped fell and collect these ducks were a freed slave named Christmas, who lived to be 95, and a beautiful chocolate retriever named Rock. The movie was beautifully shot in Savannah, Georgia, with Jim Caviezel as Ward. He put his heart into the project with a well done portrayal.

The love developing between a privileged woman named Lucy and Ward seemed to be rushed. You see them making love on a hardwood floor (wow!), then quickly proceeding to be married. Lucy is then mortified to see her husband drunk either on a horse or in a bar (he loved whiskey). Check out how he sweet talks her to letting him back into the house. After more tumultuous activity between the two, he and Lucy discover they're to be parents, and tenderness develops between them. Unfortunately a tragedy happens; the utopia begins to crumble. One of the notable scenes for me was when he took Lucy back onto the river to an abandoned barge to have her hopefully feel life naturally although she was dead inside. Jim Caviezel knows how to cry.

With industrialization of the land, and laws forbidding shooting ducks, Ward and Christmas' lives are set adrift. I won't reveal how the movie proceeds towards conclusion. I just know that as an individual viewer, I was feeling sad, sorry for the lives I wish to know more about. I did not find out how Ward passed away, and what happened to Lucy.
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