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  • Summary: Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his loyal friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah's markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation. Collapse
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  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 22, 2013
    50
    Despite an effective Jim Caviezel, this anecdotal drama never rises above the level of lightly likable.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 19, 2013
    50
    Savannah gets by on touches of grace and spirited performances, especially by Caviezel. After being so serious for so very long, it’s great fun to see him take on a “genuine character” with all the boozing, brawling and shooting that entails.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 22, 2013
    40
    The film’s tale ends up being less rich than its lovely Georgia settings.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Aug 21, 2013
    25
    Savannah does attempt to tell the story of the friendship of those two accomplished men, but does so in a manner that is so astonishingly tone deaf, confused and narrowly focused that it leaves you almost amazed at the lack of vision behind the entire enterprise.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 22, 2013
    20
    Savannah should win some sort of award for most amount of times you’ll ask, “They roped that guy into this turkey, too?”
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Aug 22, 2013
    20
    A dull vanity project for the Southern highborn.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 20, 2013
    10
    The story overflows with reverence but is drastically short on passion or suspense.

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  1. Dec 15, 2013
    5
    It's hard to explain, but this movie wasn't all that bad even though the critics panned it. You have to appreciate the good things, which are really excellent the wonderful scenery and the chance to discover Judy Henske aka "Queen of the Beatniks". Her "Wade in the Water" and the rest of the score are a plus. It's an interesting story, told with good humor, although the storyline is not very clear...but at least someone tried to tell a different kind of story, one about a society in transition. Jim Caviezel's lead as Ward Allen seemed overwrought, the director got a little obvious with some of his characterizations. Expand

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