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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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  (in credits order)

William Holden ... Major Ferris

Susannah York ... Candace Trumpey

Capucine ... Dhana Mercier

Tetsurô Tamba ... Ng (as Tetsurô Tanba)

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)

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)
Jim Brennan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... construction
Peter Guerin .... chargehand props (uncredited)
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
Tony Bushell .... stunts (uncredited)
Keith Peacock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Peter Carey .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Roy Ford .... focus puller (uncredited)
Dick Savery .... grip (uncredited)
Douglas Webb .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Hylda Gilbert .... costumes
Editorial Department
Jeremy Saunders .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Riz Ortolani .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main titles
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

During a forced break in filming due to heavy rains, a Malay Bomoh, or shaman, was hired to predict when the rains would cease. His prediction was spot on and filming resumed.See more »
Factual errors: Sydney Tafler is credited as "Tom, Chief Petty Officer". In fact, his character is Chief Police Officer, a police rank still used in Malaysia.See more »
Ng:Even magic cannot protect you against stupidity.See more »
The Seventh DawnSee more »


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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Sophiscated themes within the war genre, 24 February 2006
Author: bbsilvers from Pasadena, SoCal, United States

When the old KCOP Channel 13 in Los Angeles showed matinées (afterschool for me then), I saw this engrossing movie. Who could resist the lushness of the Malay jungle juxtaposed with the British Governor's pristine lawns? Not to mention the fascinating interweaving of the old love triangle amongst Ferris, Dhana, and Ng with an anti-colonial rebellion? I may have been a precocious child, but these things were clear to me amidst the Vietnam War. It's good to see others who recall this movie for what it remains--a trenchant comment on nationalist insurgents fighting their imperialist overlords. The irony is that, despite the purity of their intentions, the guerrillas destroy what they fight for: control of their own destiny. One might read the lovely Dhana as the fragile Malayan countryside laid waste in the ensuing skirmishes. True enough that the British colonial government executes Dhana. Yet both Ferris and Ng lose their dreams as well: Ferris leaves Malaya without Dhana (or even Candace), and Ng is dead.

When I found the LP recording of the beautiful Riz Ortolani score about 20 years ago, I snatched it up. I won't expect a CD version, but Ortolani deserves to be lauded for music that supports the storyline. We may well remember "More" from Mondo Cane, but the haunting theme from The 7th Dawn can hold its own.

Now, if only one could include this movie in a grouping of films with the broad theme of protesting war (Live for Life, Year of Living Dangerously, Torn Apart, Indochine)and show them to politicians....

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