Norman Savage

Norman Savage (1930–1973) was an English film editor. He is credited as the principal editor on seven feature films, and as the sound editor on another four. He worked with the director David Lean on four films that spanned Savage's entire career. Lean has been noted as possibly "the best British film director ever", and was himself a masterful editor.[1] Savage started his career as an assistant editor on Lean's Hobson's Choice (1954). Savage was Anne V. Coates' first assistant editor for Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962).[2] He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Lean's 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for Lean's 1970 film Ryan's Daughter.[2] Savage died of leukemia while editing the film Lady Caroline Lamb (1972). That film is the only one directed by Robert Bolt, a playwright and screenwriter who had worked on several films directed by Lean.[3]

Norman Savage
OccupationFilm editor

Filmography as EditorEdit

This partial filmography is based on the complete filmography listed as the Internet Movie Database.[4]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1965 The Wild Affair John Krish Co-editing with Russell Lloyd
Doctor Zhivago David Lean Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing
1967 Three Bites of the Apple Alvin Ganzer
1968 Prudence and the Pill Fielder Cook and Ronald Neame (uncredited)
1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Ronald Neame
1970 Ryan's Daughter David Lean Nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1972 Lady Caroline Lamb Robert Bolt


  1. ^ Kerr, Walter (17 March 1985). "Films are made in the Cutting Room". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Phillips, Gene (2006). Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean. University Press of Kentucky. p. 333. ISBN 9780813171555. OCLC 213048772.
  3. ^ Brownlow, Kevin (1996). David Lean: a biography. London: Richard Cohen. p. 591. ISBN 9781860660429. OCLC 34848465.
  4. ^ Norman Savage at IMDb