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The Savage Innocents (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 15 February 1961 (USA)
An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.


Nicholas Ray


Hans Ruesch (adaptation), Franco Solinas (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Inuk
Yôko Tani ... Asiak
Peter O'Toole ... First Trooper
Carlo Giustini ... Second Trooper
Anna May Wong Anna May Wong ... Hiko
Kaida Horiuchi Kaida Horiuchi ... Imina
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Missionary
Lee Montague ... Ittimargnek
Marie Yang Marie Yang ... Powtee
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Anarvik (as Andi Ho)
Anthony Chinn ... Kiddok (as Anthony Chin)
Yvonne Shima Yvonne Shima ... Lulik
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Trading Post Proprietor
Michael Chow ... Undik
Ed Devereaux ... Pilot


An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.

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Actually Filmed in the Frozen North! See more »


Adventure | Crime | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Screenwriter Hans Ruesch never saw an Eskimo, but based his story on the film Eskimo (1933). See more »


After giving the bear the baited food, Inuk initially chases it empty handed, then appears with a spear. See more »


Asiak: [Showing Inuk their newborn baby] It came to pass that a woman brought forth a child.
Inuk: [Not comprehending at first] How so?
[Holds up baby]
Inuk: Someone has seen bear cubs that were better looking
Asiak: He will improve as he grows, but he has everything he needs.Even a name. His name is Papik.
Inuk: How do you know his name is Papik?
Asiak: Because this useless woman likes that name.
Inuk: [laughs and plays with infant and touches its mouth, then suddenly freezes mid-air] Asiak, he has no teeth, You must have broken some taboo!
Asiak: Not to ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »


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Written by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino and Mario Panzeri
Performed by Colin Hicks
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User Reviews

A Stunning movie
14 December 2002 | by fllpmpSee all my reviews

This is an extremely powerful and stunning movie portraying Innuit Eskimos and the way their living habits clash with our sensitive Western "civilisation". It is extremely annoying not to be able to find it in either VHS or DVD format. Hopefully this will be put right soon. A must for Anthony Quinn fans!

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Release Date:

15 February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Top of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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