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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Candace Trumpey
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Ah Ming
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Durian Tree  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The costumes supervisor for this film was Hylda Gilbert, wife of director Lewis Gilbert. See more »

Goofs

Helicopter shown in the first scene is a Russian Mi4 from the early 60s. Helicopters were not fully operational until about 1947. See more »

Quotes

Major Ferris: I don't choose my friends according to their color. I even have a few white friends.
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Soundtracks

The Seventh Dawn
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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My Favorite Movie (and Novel) But...
11 January 2008 | by (Kampong Thom, KOC) – See all my reviews

A British colony in Asia is under attack from terrorists. A suspected terrorist has been captured, tried, and convicted. The sentence is death. The terrorist group kidnaps the British governor's daughter. She will be killed if the execution proceeds. Time is running out. Only her lover, Ferrell, can save her. No mistake. It's Paul Ferrell and he's rescuing Caroline rather than Candace this time. The movie (actually a serial or in the States a miniseries) is "A Place of Execution" from 1953 eight years before "The Durian Tree" was published and eleven years before "The 7th Dawn" was released. Is this a strange coincidence or a reused plot line? Draw your own conclusions.


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