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Michael Keon (novel)
Karl Tunberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 August 1964 (UK) See more »
Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War. | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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Excellent but Unheralded Film See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order)

William Holden ... Major Ferris

Susannah York ... Candace Trumpey

Capucine ... Dhana Mercier
Tetsurô Tanba ... Ng

Michael Goodliffe ... Trumphey
Allan Cuthbertson ... Cavendish
Sydney Tafler ... Tom, Chief Petty Officer
Maurice Denham ... Tarlton
Beulah Quo ... Ah Ming
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Allen ... CID Agent (uncredited)
Griffiths Alun ... Sedgwick (uncredited)
Kip Bahadun ... Japanese Prisoner (uncredited)
Ibrahim Bin ... Capt. Chey (uncredited)
Tony Cheng ... Waiter (uncredited)
Noel Chow ... Capt. Kiat (uncredited)
Hew Thian Choy ... Lt. Nelson (uncredited)
Yap Mook Fui ... Lim - Ferris' Servant (uncredited)
David Keith ... Aide (uncredited)
R. William Koh ... Gen. Osaki (uncredited)
James Massong ... Malay Engineer (uncredited)
Tony Price ... Morley (uncredited)
Hugh Robinson ... Judge (uncredited)
Seow ... Chinese Unionist (uncredited)
David Weinman ... Tamil Cyclist (uncredited)
George Zakhariah ... Indian Unionist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
Writing credits
Michael Keon (novel "The Durian Tree")

Karl Tunberg (screenplay)

Produced by
John Dark .... associate producer
Karl Tunberg .... co-producer
Charles K. Feldman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (photographed by) (as Frederick Young)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin  (as Jose MacAvin)
Makeup Department
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Morris Aza .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Harold Haysom .... second unit director
André Smagghe .... second unit director (as Andre Smagghe)
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... construction
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Red Law .... sound
Terry Sharratt .... sound
John Brommage .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Douglas Webb .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Hylda Gilbert .... costumes
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Riz Ortolani .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main titles
Joan Davis .... continuity (as Joan Davies)
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
John Gilbert .... second unit assistant

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123 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Certain aspects of the character Ferris are based on a rubber planter by the name of Haddon-Cave. His was the only rubber plantation to escape terrorist attack in Malaya. Haddon-Cave was suspected of collusion with the MNLA by General Templer. When Templer investigated, he found the actual reason for the planter's immunity from attacks was, as Haddon-Cave put it, "we have the best damned security perimeter in the country". Templer was forced to agree.See more »
Plot holes: Dhana is set up by the Communists who have placed hand grenades in a hollowed out durian fruit. They then place the durian in her bicycle basket and wait for her to pass through a police road inspection. Once cut, durians emit a very foul odor similar to the smell of feces. It is very unlikely Dhana would not have noticed this.See more »
Ng:Even magic cannot protect you against stupidity.See more »
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Excellent but Unheralded Film, 29 September 2003
Author: wglenn from Port Jefferson, NY

As others have noted, The 7th Dawn is a surprisingly good film and deserves more attention. It opens with a stunningly photographed title sequence that evokes the haunting atmosphere and strange tension of Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings. As soon as the titles fade, however, we are suddenly thrust into the middle of a brutal mass execution towards the end of World War II in Malaysia. The entire film plays off of this combination of sudden violence and the mysterious, unearthly beauty of the jungle.

In its quest for national independence for Malaysia, a guerilla army threatens British colonial society with acts of terrorism that leave the good civilized folk on edge. They ask an American ex-pat, William Holden, to intercede with the leader of the rebels, played by Tetsuro Tamba, because the two are old friends and served together in a guerilla army on the side of the Allies when they were all fighting the Japanese. Capucine also served with the two men in their guerilla days, and these three form an interesting romantic triangle that goes much deeper than those found in most films, involving loyalty to and betrayal of friends, lovers, family, nation, and ideology.

Though we've seen Holden's character, Major Ferris, in other movies (from Rick in Casablanca on down), it's a great role for the actor, who fills it with vigor, intelligence, and the necessary animal sensitivity. It helps that he has good writing behind him, and, in fact, the screenplay is one of the strengths of the movie, with complex characters involved in murky moral situations, a plot that keeps you intrigued and guessing, and some larger themes right out of Joseph Conrad. Susannah York's character may be a weak point of the film, but the acting in general is quite good. The Malaysian setting is quite exotic, and Freddie Young's (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, etc.) incredible photography adds to the moody, violent and lush atmosphere of the film. It all adds up to action, adventure, mystery, political intrigue, some refreshingly mature romantic relationships, and even a touch of humor. Though it doesn't quite rank up there with The Bridge on the River Kwai or Lawrence of Arabia, people who liked those films should find The 7th Dawn a surprisingly strong film and definitely worth watching.

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