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:
Yôko Tani ...
Carlo Giustini ...
Marie Yang ...
Marco Guglielmi ...
Kaida Horiuchi ...
Lee Montague ...
Andy Ho ...
Yvonne Shima ...
Anthony Chinn ...
Francis De Wolff ...
Trading Post Proprietor
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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Release Date:

15 February 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Top of the World  »

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


Written and Performed by The Four Saints
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4 March 2004 | by (Arkansas, U.S.) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this is one of mine and my husbands favorite movies. My husband recorded it on VHS in the early 80's and that copy is now caputz. I was able to get a copy off of ebay and then converted it over to DVD. We watch is all the time.

It is a fantastic example of what we could be. The Inuit of the Alaskan Region are always pictured with huge smiles. Especially those who remain nomadic. Perhaps the joy of waking each morning is enough to make them happy.

Yoko Tani and Anthony Quinn are fantastic in their portrayals. I love that this movie reminds me of the very first documentary titled Nanook of the North. I love it love it love it.

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