Dad Savage: When Patrick Stewart Played a Tulip Farmer Who Went on a Rampage




Just before Professor X stardom beckoned Sir Patrick with the very first X-Men movie in 2000, the actor used some of his Star Trek: TNG muscle to get Dad Savage off the ground. Probably best described as Tarantino goes to East Anglia, Pat stars as the titular ‘Dad’ Savage, a mob-connected tulip farmer out to punish the killer (or killers) of his son Sav (Jake Wood).


Dad Savage 1998 Trailer


‘Dad’ wears a cowboy hat and loves line-dancing, which apparently is not that rare amongst certain English rural types.  Proof of the pudding was the chart success of the single 5 6 7 8 by the pop band Steps in the same year as DS:


Steps - 5, 6, 7, 8 (Official Video)



No, I’m not going to play Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex.  Stewart adopts what is known in the UK as a ‘farmer’s accent’ which may put some US viewers off the picture. The cast includes some familiar faces, namely Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy) and Marc Warren, star of the newly revived Dutch detective series Van der Valk.


There aren’t many comparisons, but I guess you could throw in Peckinpah’s Cornwall-set Straw Dogs (1971) and Stewart’s own more recent thriller Green Room (2015).


STRAW DOGS - Trailer - (1971) - HQ

Green Room | official red-band trailer US (2016) Patrick Stewart Imogen Poots Anton Yelchin


Last year, Rob Lowe made the Lincolnshire-set police drama series Wild Bill for the UK’s ITV network. The show was cancelled after that single season…


Wild Bill - Trailer - ITV

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Stephen Arnell

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