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The Savage Innocents (1960)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoko Tani ...
Carlo Giustini ...
Marie Yang ...
Marco Guglielmi ...
Kaida Horiuchi ...
Lee Montague ...
Andy Ho ...
Yvonne Shima ...
Anthony Chinn ...
Francis De Wolff ...
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Michael Chow ...
Ed Devereaux ...
Nicholas Stuart ...


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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A moving story of the clash between the primitive Polar world and modern civilisation. [Video] See more »


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Release Date:

15 February 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Top of the World  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Screenwriter Hans Ruesch never saw an Eskimo, but based his story on the film Eskimo (1933). See more »


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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Referenced in Permanent Vacation (1980) See more »


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Terrible inaccurate demeaning movie
10 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the stupidest most inaccurate movies I have ever seen! From a real live "raw meat eater". We didn't kill female babies, females are just as important as a male babies. And the part about sharing wives is such BS, culture had some wife swapping and to the Inuit people sex was something that happens not a taboo, people have sex that's how babies are made even we savages knew that.

It's a MYTH that the elderly were left on ice flows or in a snow drift. In the Atomic age even us savages knew what a gun was and golly gee we even saw those metal birds a flyin over head. Ugh.

Someone wrote "far northern natives that lived almost exclusively on the arctic ice". How stupid. Do you suppose we all lived in kayaks and Umiaks during the spring thaw and summer months? We hunted on the ice sometimes when we weren't hunting caribou deer and moose we are MEAT EATERS. No hunter would kill a dog to warm someones' hands', he would have never let the trooper get that bad to start with. A live dog would have warmed a person as well as pull you to a place you could get help. Or we would have eaten the animal should the need arise. Hunt a polar bear alone, ridiculous!

And giving the dead seal a drink of fresh water. Unbelievable! Yes we would surely have given thanks to the animal spirits. Sea mammals don't drink fresh water, they get all the liquid they need from the foods they eat. Look it up. The clothes were authentic for sure but from different cultures of Inuit.

All in all the reviews praising this movie for "culturally authentic" are from people who have no idea what they are talking about and believe all the things that they see in movies. It's a movie not a documentary. Par for the times they didn't hire real Inuit or even American Indians to play the parts Anthony Quinn and Japanese Chinese played as Inuit's is funny. Too that nobody would bother to hire on a real Inuit as a consultant was standard for the times.

Entertaining maybe, insulting to THE MEN absolutely.

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