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The Savage Innocents (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 15 February 1961 (USA)
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
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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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A moving story of the clash between the primitive Polar world and modern civilisation. [Video] See more »

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2.20 : 1
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Peter O'Toole demanded that his name be removed from the film's opening and closing credits because his voice was dubbed by another actor. See more »

Quotes

First Trooper: Inuk. listen. No judge in the world will understand you offering another man your wife.
Inuk: But it is our custom, we must be polite. White men don't borrow other men's wives?
First Trooper: Never mind that. You don't lend your wife as if she were a sled.
Inuk: Oh ho ho, someone would rather lend his wife than his sled. You lend your sled, it comes back cracked. You lend your knife, it comes back dull. You lend your dogs, they come back tired and crawling. But if you love your wife, no matter how often you lend her, she...
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Written by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino and Mario Panzeri
Performed by Colin Hicks
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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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