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Call Me Savage
(Le Sauvage)
Film poster under alternate title
Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Produced by Raymond Danon
Jean-Luc Ormières
Written by Jean-Loup Dabadie
Élisabeth Rappeneau
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Starring Yves Montand
Catherine Deneuve
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Pierre Lhomme
Antoine Roch
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
Running time
91 minutes
Language French, English
Box office $17.8 million[1]

Le Sauvage (English title (UK): Call me Savage) is a 1975 French film starring Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve. The film was a commercial success with a total of 2,373,738 admissions in France and was the 12th highest grossing film of the year.[2]

It was released in the U.S. by 20th Century Fox in April 1977.


Scant days before her wedding to Vittorio, Nelly (Deneuve) has a change of heart and runs away. As Vittorio pursues her through Caracas, she turns for help first to Alex (Roberts), a previous employer, and then to Martin (Montand), a middle-aged French man she meets by chance. Martin drives her to the airport, where she gets a plane ticket to Paris. Returning by boat to his peaceful lonely life on an island off the coast, Martin is surprised and dismayed to find that Nelly has made her way there ahead of him. When he tries to return her to the mainland she sabotages the boat, causing it to sink. Marooned upon the island, Martin is forced to adapt to his new neighbor, who is determined to stay.



The film recorded admissions of 2,373,738 in France.[3]


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