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The Savage Innocents (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 15 February 1961 (USA)
An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

Hans Ruesch (adaptation), Franco Solinas (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Inuk
Yôko Tani ... Asiak
Peter O'Toole ... First Trooper
Carlo Giustini ... Second Trooper
Anna May Wong Anna May Wong ... Hiko
Kaida Horiuchi Kaida Horiuchi ... Imina
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Missionary
Lee Montague ... Ittimargnek
Marie Yang Marie Yang ... Powtee
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Anarvik (as Andi Ho)
Anthony Chinn ... Kiddok (as Anthony Chin)
Yvonne Shima Yvonne Shima ... Lulik
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Trading Post Proprietor
Michael Chow ... Undik
Ed Devereaux ... Pilot
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An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Top of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

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After giving the bear the baited food, Inuk initially chases it empty handed, then appears with a spear. See more »

Quotes

Missionary: The Lord be with you.
Inuk: No, just Asiak, Powtee and me. We do not know Lord.
Missionary: A very short sleep ago, you both offended Him.
Inuk: Oh, we did not know. One must apologize.
Missionary: If you will listen to my words and believe in me,the Lord will come and stay with you and follow you in all your travels.
Asiak: [whispers to Inuk] We do not want another with us.
Inuk: Maybe he good hunter.
[to Missionary]
Inuk: We will be pleased if your friend comes with us.
Asiak: He must bring his own sled. Will this Lord bring everything He needs?
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Written by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino and Mario Panzeri
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Sensational Anthony Quinn as an ingenious Eskimos on the breathtaking Arctic outdoors
19 February 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a co-production by various countries : Italy (Magic films) , England (Play-Art) , France(Pathe) and distributed by Rank Productions , being firstly exhibited circa 1960 . Based on Hans Ruesch novel , being adapted by Franco Solinas . Although novelist Hans Ruesch never saw an Eskimo , but based his story on the film Eskimo . Nicholas Ray wrote the script and controlled completely the film , he always considered his best work . Ray investigated about Eskimos life , filming in documentary style and developed a lyric clash among two civilizations : The primitive , naive of the native Eskimos and the civilized Anglo-Xaxon . The ways of life confrontation originated loneliness , getaway and exclusion .

The picture was shot in Ottawa 1959 , March . Ray traveled to the Bay of Hudson and Churchill (Manitoba) for exterior location . Besides , for interior scenes were filmed at Pinewood Studios (London)and Cinecitta (Rome) , during thirteen weeks in a studio work including quite a few transparency . Spectacular and colorful cinematography in Technirama 70 by Aldo Tonti and Henessy with marvelous landscapes from Arctic where we watch all type of animals : White bears , seals , walrus , oxes , whales , reindeer , Arctic fox.. Sensitive and evocative music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino . Anthony Quinn gives an exceptional acting along with the newcomer and remarkable Yoko Tani . The veteran actress from silent cinema , Anna My Wong , plays splendidly as grandmother . In a secondary role shows up Peter O'Toole (though dubbed) , he plays a patrolman who pursues to Anthony Quinn accused for killing accidentally a missionary . However , Peter O'Toole demanded that his name be removed from the film's opening and closing credits because his voice was dubbed by another actor . The great and stylish filmmaker Nicholas Ray working at the peak of his powers . Well worth watching for the brooding script and wonderful location . Rating : Better than average.


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