“SAVANNAH SMILES”—Crooks on the Run

“Savannah Smiles”

Crooks on the Run

Amos Lassen

“Savannah Smiles” is about a little girl running away from home and falling in with two felons and it as wacky a film as it is heartwarming. It is a sweet film about how the love of innocent children is more powerful than greed or ambition. The plot is predictable, the characters are not deep, the action is not realistic yet there is a nostalgia here that is charming.

Savannah (Bridgette Andersen) is the precocious six-year-old daughter of a busy politician who is consumed by his re-election campaign so she decides to run away from home and sneaks into a car driven by two escaped convicts, Alvie (Mark Miller) and Boots (Donovan Scott) and what develops is a comedy of errors. Hiding in an abandoned house, the two crooks try to hold Savannah for ransom, hoping to obtain a hefty reward for her return, but an unexpected bond grows among Savannah, Alvie and Boots. They create a surrogate family they have never known before. Their relationship is tested when the convicts, who are regarded as kidnappers, must choose between their freedom and their new friend. Written and produced by Mark Miller, “ Savannah Smiles” features an all-star supporting cast and a brand new 2K transfer from a 35mm print from the Library of Congress.

The film had quite a following among kids and those kids who are now adults, will want to nostalgically go back and relive the experience.   Shot on location in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, the film opens with Boots, a chubby, lame-brained ex-con named breaking his buddy out of prison even though his buddy only has a little bit of time left on his sentence.  Boots and Alvie go on the lam and steal a broken-down jalopy of a getaway car as they attempt to make their escape.  Their plans are complicated when the two incompetent crooks find little 6-year-old Savannah hiding in the back seat of their car.

 Once the ex-cons discover that a $100,000 reward is being offered in exchange for Savannah’s safe return, Alvie and Boots decide they’ll delay Savannah’s return in an attempt to obtain the reward money.  Savannah adores Boots and  Alvie as much as  adore her.  As the parents worry, a professional negotiator (Peter Graves) and a family priest (Pat Morita) are called in to help resolve the situation, but Savannah is having too much fun with her kidnappers to want to go back home.

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Original Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • ‘The Making of Savannah Smiles’ brand new documentary about the making of this classic comedy featuring writer / producer Mark Miller, star Donovan Scott, Teresa Andersen (mother of Bridgette Andersen) and composer Ken Sutherland (HD)
  • ‘Memories of Bridgette Andersen’ featuring all-new interviews with Teresa Andersen (Bridgette’s mom) along with writer / producer Mark Miller and actor Donovan Scott (HD)
  • ‘The Songs and Music of Savannah Smiles’ featuring brand new interview with composer Ken Sutherland (HD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
  • Collectible Mini- Poster

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