Savage Grace

Synopsis: The true story of the beautiful and charismatic but mentally unstable Barbara Daly, who married above her class to Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Their only child is a failure in his father's eyes, and as he matures and becomes increasingly close to his alienated mother, the seeds for tragedy are sown.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tom Kalin
Production: IFC First Take
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

I wanted to find the ruins

of the lost city.

This is actually true.

Give him a dirt road and he'll go up it.

That's very good.

- Would you, Simone?

- Oh, I don't know.

Your husband asked you a question.

This seems... unfair.

This seems...

... tedious.

- Hmm... but would you?

- Yes, would you?

Would I eat a pound of human flesh

for $10 million?

No, I would not.

I have eaten horse flesh, you know.

There is a difference between eating

the cheval and eating the chevalier.

Brooks, for $10 million,

would you sleep with Simone?

- For $10 million, would you...

- Don't, Barbara.

Please, don't be tedious.

Would you go home with the first person

you met going through a nightclub door?

Yes, I would.

So... shall we get on with our drinks?

Brooks, Barbara,

have you ever been to the Engadin?

Oh, I was practically born in Gstaad!

She practically loves

the ski instructors.

Thank you for coming this evening.



You said you'd go home

with the first person you met

- at a nightclub.

- No...

So I thought I might go home

with the first person...


Hello, I'm awfully thirsty.

Would you buy me a drink?

Aschwin, Simone.

- Barbara!

- Brooks.

Lovely to see you all.


- Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

- Quite all right.

- I must have...

- You fell asleep. Quite natural.

It's late.

It got late, you fell asleep.

- I trust your evening was...

- Oh, we had a fine time.

I can hold down the fort.

- Where's Barbara?

- She's returning separately.

- May I get your coat?

- I'll just go.

- And was the prince there?

- Excuse me?

The prince.

The prince of Amsterdam.

- Ah.

- Was he there?

I think you're thinking of Prince Bernhard,

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

He was Count Lippe-Biesterfeld, of course,

before he married Juliana.

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Howard A. Rodman

Howard A. Rodman is a screenwriter, author and educator. He is the former President of the Writers Guild of America, West; professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; and an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs. He is the son of screenwriter Howard Rodman (1920–1985). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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