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Savage Grace
Savage Grace
poster from theatrical release
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom Kalin
Produced byIker Monfort
Katie Roumel
Pamela Koffler
Christine Vachon
Screenplay byHoward A. Rodman
Based onSavage Grace
by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson
StarringJulianne Moore
Stephen Dillane
Eddie Redmayne
Elena Anaya
Unax Ugalde
Belén Rueda
Hugh Dancy
Music byFernando Velázquez
CinematographyJuan Miguel Azpiroz
Edited byJohn F. Lyons
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
Running time
97 minutes
United States

Savage Grace is a 2007 drama film directed by Tom Kalin and written by Howard A. Rodman, based on the book Savage Grace by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson. The story is based on the dysfunctional, allegedly incestuous relationship between heiress and socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland and her son, Antony. The film stars Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Elena Anaya, and Hugh Dancy.

It was an official selection at the 2007 London Film Festival, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.


The film is based on the true story of Barbara Daly Baekeland (Moore), her husband Brooks Baekeland (Dillane), heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune, and their only child Antony (Redmayne), who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The story begins with Antony's birth and follows the family to the time of his arrest for the murder of his mother.

Critical reception

Critics gave the film mixed reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a 38% of approval, based on 89 reviews -- the consensus reads "though visually compelling, the lamentable characters in Savage Grace make for difficult viewing."[1]Metacritic, another review aggregator, reported the film had an average score of 51 out of 100, based on 28 reviews.[2]

Peter Bradshaw writing in The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars, describing it as "a gripping, coldly brilliant and tremendously acted movie."[3]


Savage Grace was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay in 2008.[4]

Sam Green

After the film opened, Baekeland's former lover, Samuel Adams Green (played by Dancy in the film), wrote an article pointing out that elements in the film were factually inaccurate, such as the ménage à trois scene of Barbara, Antony, and Sam having sex.[5][6]

Green then took legal action against the film makers, which was still unresolved at the time of his death.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Savage Grace (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Savage Grace reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (July 11, 2008). "Savage Grace review". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (February 22, 2009). "The Wrestler Sweeps the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards". /Film. Archived from the original on December 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Sam Green - Obituary". The Telegraph. 18 Mar 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Sam Green - Obituary". Retrieved 2012.

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