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The Savage Innocents (1960)

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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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Anthony Quinn and Peter O'Toole first film together. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »

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Iceberg
Written and Performed by The Four Saints
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This is a very good example of law/duty vs justice/conscience
26 November 2003 | by (St. LOUIS, MO) – See all my reviews

This is a very powerful and moving study of the decisions faced by law enforcement when there is clearly a situation not forseen by lawmakers and how a police officer might conclude that the "right" thing to do is not always to follow proper procedure. To me, one of the most moving scenes in the movie is the final scene in which the wife's mother appears. Also, the scene where Anthony Quinn has his chance to escape is a very revealing instance of character. I would very much like to see this movie available on video or DVD.


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