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The 7th Dawn (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, War | 13 August 1964 (UK)
Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

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The end of WW2 finds Major Ferris fighting alongside guerrilla groups in the jungles of Malaysia. Major Ferris is an American who was attached to the Australian 8th Army and stayed behind to co-ordinate native guerrilla groups. When the Japanese unconditionally surrender, everyone is rejoicing but a British officer pertinently comments that although the Malaysian people aided the British to defeat the Japanese their allegiance will shift and they might not be so friendly towards the British in the near future. Malaysia is a British colony and like many other colonies it struggles to gain its independence from the European powers. Major Ferris' closest friend and comrade during the war, Malaysian colonel Ng, is asked by Ferris to join him into a business venture. Ferris has purchased a few acres of land rich in rubber trees and tin mines. He offers Ng an equal partnership in the venture but colonel Ng refuses. He explains that he has to go to Moscow to study at a school for political ... Written by nufs68

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A STRANGE LAND SLEEPS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN - SO STILL...SO MYSTERIOUS...SO UNTOUCHED- UNTIL THE FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN AWAKENS THE PASSIONS OF MEN AND THE FURIES OF WAR!

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Adventure | Drama | War

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some scenes were filmed at Merdeka (Freedom) Studios in Kuala Lumpur. Two years after filming, the studio was acquired by Sir Run Run Shaw of the Shaw Brothers Studio. See more »

Goofs

During the attack on Ng's jungle camp, an SAS trooper uses a dagger to kill a Communist/Terrorist insurgent. No soldier would use a knife in a gun battle. Silence is not needed and any other SAS troopers firing on the CT might hit the SAS trooper with the knife by accident. See more »

Quotes

Major Ferris: Wait a minute. Fasten that bra a little. We don't want that to come loose in case somebody blows your head off on the way home.
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The Seventh Dawn
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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11 February 2004 | by (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Odd, that I don't recall the word 'communist' being uttered throughout this picture. Anyone notice if it was? It was pretty clear from the references and the red stars the Ng and his guerrillas were communists. This is an entertaining film from a jungle war that has been largely forgotten in the shadow of Vietnam. The British spent 12 years eradicating the elements they called "communist terrorists" before Malaysia became independent. Most of their enemies weren't conveniently

uniformed like Ng's forces, but were more like the grenade-tossing chauffeur. The SAS played a key role in suppressing the communists, and the British pretty much wrote the book on how to deal with these sort of insurgencies, lessons the

Americans too often seem to forget (though they slowly seem to be figuring it out in Iraq and Afghanistan). Saw this movie years ago and liked it, liked it more in a recent viewing, in spite of its flaws. Always liked Holden, have a real soft spot for Susannah York - and Capucine was splendid. Some great cars in this movie, too (and a Gloster Meteor, too, I think). And yes, superbly photographed.


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