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The 7th Dawn (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, War | 13 August 1964 (UK)
Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Michael Keon (novel), Karl Tunberg (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
William Holden ... Major Ferris
Susannah York ... Candace Trumpey
Capucine ... Dhana Mercier
Tetsurô Tanba ... Ng
Michael Goodliffe ... Trumphey
Allan Cuthbertson ... Cavendish
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Tom - Chief Petty Officer
Maurice Denham ... Tarlton
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Ah Ming
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Storyline

The end of WW2 finds Major Ferris fighting alongside guerrilla groups in the jungles of Malaysia. Major Ferris is an American who was attached to the Australian 8th Army and stayed behind to co-ordinate native guerrilla groups. When the Japanese unconditionally surrender, everyone is rejoicing but a British officer pertinently comments that although the Malaysian people aided the British to defeat the Japanese their allegiance will shift and they might not be so friendly towards the British in the near future. Malaysia is a British colony and like many other colonies it struggles to gain its independence from the European powers. Major Ferris' closest friend and comrade during the war, Malaysian colonel Ng, is asked by Ferris to join him into a business venture. Ferris has purchased a few acres of land rich in rubber trees and tin mines. He offers Ng an equal partnership in the venture but colonel Ng refuses. He explains that he has to go to Moscow to study at a school for political ... Written by nufs68

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A STRANGE LAND SLEEPS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN - SO STILL...SO MYSTERIOUS...SO UNTOUCHED- UNTIL THE FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN AWAKENS THE PASSIONS OF MEN AND THE FURIES OF WAR!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seventh Dawn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Holdean See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was originally banned in Malaysia due to its neutral portrayal of the MRLA insurgents. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, during the Japanese surrender, Ferris tells Trumphey that the British are five years too late, implying that the MPAJA insurgents have been fighting the Japanese alone for that time. Since the war in Asia started in December of 1941 and ended in 1945, Ferris' statement is off by 1-1/2 years. See more »

Quotes

Major Ferris: Wait a minute. Fasten that bra a little. We don't want that to come loose in case somebody blows your head off on the way home.
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Soundtracks

The Seventh Dawn
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Criminally Underated
13 September 2002 | by drdyerSee all my reviews

For years I would notice this in television guides rated as one check or one star, right down there with Attack of The Killer Tomatoes. I have often puzzled at who is responsible for this and other way-off subjective ratings I have seen.

This movie was a two star movie just for Freddie Young's photography.

While not up there with The Bridge On The River Kwai, I believe this film is worthy of being rated higher than hundreds I have seen rated with two and three stars.

This film has some fine performances by Susannah York, Capucine, and Tetsuro Tamba, as well as William Holden.

This film has one of the most beautiful opening scenes of any picture I have seen, coupled with the music of Riz Ortolani, which I believe only Freddie Young's gifted artistic photo talents could have accomplished.

The only possible reason for it's low rating that I could think of, was the era it was released, when anti-war sentiments were building towards Viet Nam. At any rate, personal point of views should not affect the grading of art forms, and is a travesty to truth.


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