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Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)

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The story of a Native American girl, abandoned on a tiny island, who is protected by a wild dog.



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Cast overview:
Karana (as Celia Kaye)
Larry Domasin ...
Ann Daniel ...
Carlos Romero ...
Aleut Captain
Hal John Norman ...
Kimki (as Hal Jon Norman)
Julie Payne ...
Martin Garralaga ...
The Priest
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When her whole tribe disappears from Westerners, Karana and her brother have to survive themselves. However, her brother is killed by wild dogs, and, all alone, she needs to survive on her own before befriending the very dog that killed her brother.

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A Girl's Incredible Adventure on a Lost Island! See more »


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10 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla de los delfines azules  »

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This movie is based on the Newbery Award-winning book "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell. The book is based on the true story of a woman left behind on the Channel Islands by missionaries in the early 1800s. She lived alone on the one of the islands for 18 years and died of dysentery seven weeks after she was "rescued" and brought to the mainland. She is buried in the graveyard of the Santa Barbara Mission in California. See more »


Rontu: [Staring at Karana]
Karana: [Talking to the Dog] Your eyes are like those of a fox and as I don't trust a sly fox I do not trust you either dog. That would be a good name for you. I will call you Rontu. It means fox eyes.
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It's OK....
25 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the movie well enough, considering it came from 1964. I felt that they didn't depict the passage of time very accurately and I was surprised when all of a sudden, the movie was over. I know that books and movies are usually very different, but I think this movie could have been a far better representation of the book. Add some more details, don't change some of the details from the book. But hey, I'm not the director or in charge of the budget. That is the other thing to consider, budget. They didn't have big budgets back then and this was what they got for their budget. All in all, I enjoyed the movie well enough. I would enjoy seeing a remake with some better details, more representative of the book. Still an OK movie though.

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