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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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Yôko Tani ...
Carlo Giustini ...
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Marie Yang ...
Powtee
Marco Guglielmi ...
Kaida Horiuchi ...
Imina
Lee Montague ...
Ittimargnek
Andy Ho ...
Anarvik
Yvonne Shima ...
Lulik
Anthony Chinn ...
Kiddok
Francis De Wolff ...
Trading Post Proprietor
Michael Chow ...
Undik
Ed Devereaux ...
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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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Savage and Sensational Drama! See more »

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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15 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Top of the World  »

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Screenwriter Hans Ruesch never saw an Eskimo, but based his story on the film Eskimo (1933). See more »

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Asiak: [Showing Inuk their newborn baby] It came to pass that a woman brought forth a child.
Inuk: [Not comprehending at first] How so?
[Holds up baby]
Inuk: Someone has seen bear cubs that were better looking
Asiak: He will improve as he grows, but he has everything he needs.Even a name. His name is Papik.
Inuk: How do you know his name is Papik?
Asiak: Because this useless woman likes that name.
Inuk: [laughs and plays with infant and touches its mouth, then suddenly freezes mid-air] Asiak, he has no teeth, You must have broken some taboo!
Asiak: ...
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Memorable
14 February 2002 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a memorable film in many regards. Quinn plays an Inuit who inadvertently kills a priest who declines his offer of sexual hospitality with his wife. O'Toole, in his first film, plays a policeman who captures Quinn who later saves his life. O'Toole eventually lets Quinn go because he realizes that he will likely be convicted of murder because a Western jury won't understand he accidently killed the priest because he wouldn't sleep with his wife. There are some wonderful scenes of Inuit igloo life, including the daughter (Quinn's wife, Yoko Tani) chewing food for her mother (Marie Yang) because the mother's teeth are worn out from chewing skins. The film is full of surprises with little moments that delight an anthropologist familiar with Inuit traditions and lifestyles. No video, no DVD listed, so watch for it on the late show and enjoy seeing the exciting young Peter O'Toole in days before the good life got to him.


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