SAVANNAH SMILES REVIEWED
“Savannah Smiles” is one of those films that seemed to thrive on cable in the 1980. It’s weird how these indie produced kid movies are just unknown by large sections of the movie-going public. For those that don’t know, the film is about a little girl who gets left alone by her parents that are running for public office. Tired of being ignored, she stows away in the back of a stolen vehicle. That’s when she meets the two goofy thieves who decide to take her under their wing. A cadre of character actors fight to get the little girl back, but she doesn’t want to come home.
The more you watch Savannah Smiles, the sadder it becomes to realize that Bridgette Andersen is no longer with us. While she had her problems later in life, I 100% believe she died from an accident rather than something on purpose. Hell, hopefully MVD can find some her other films to add to the collection. It’s a crying shame how many kid actors from this period never got to capitalize on their raw ability.
- 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
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM MONO
RELEASE DATE: 5/22/18
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Special Features - 95%95%
- Film Score - 94%94%
The Plot Thus Far
Savannah (Bridgette Andersen, The Parent Trap II) is the precocious six-year-old daughter of a busy politician who is consumed by his re-election campaign. She decides to run away from home and sneaks into a car driven by two escaped convicts, Alvie (Mark Miller, Christmas Mountain) and Boots (Donovan Scott, Police Academy), in a crazy comedy of errors. Hiding in an abandoned house, the two bumbling crooks initially try to hold the adorable Savannah for ransom to obtain a hefty reward for her return, but an unexpected bond grows among Savannah, Alvie and Boots, creating a surrogate family they have never known before. Their relationship is tested when the convicts, now seen as kidnappers, must choose between their freedom and their new friend in this timeless, classic comedy. Written and produced by the film’s star Mark Miller (A Walk in the Clouds), Savannah Smiles features an all-star supporting cast that includes Academy Award© Nominee Pat Morita (The Karate Kid), Michael Parks (Kill Bill Vol.’s 1 & 2), John Fiedler (12 Angry Men), Fran Ryan (Pale Rider) and Golden Globe© Winner Peter Graves (Airplane!) and boasts a brand new 2K transfer from a 35mm print from the Library of Congress.