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The Savage Innocents (1960)

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.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

Hans Ruesch (adaptation), Franco Solinas (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

Savage and Sensational Drama! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

English

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

First Trooper: Inuk. listen. No judge in the world will understand you offering another man your wife.
Inuk: But it is our custom, we must be polite. White men don't borrow other men's wives?
First Trooper: Never mind that. You don't lend your wife as if she were a sled.
Inuk: Oh ho ho, someone would rather lend his wife than his sled. You lend your sled, it comes back cracked. You lend your knife, it comes back dull. You lend your dogs, they come back tired and crawling. But if you love your wife, no matter how often you lend her, she...
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Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful
4 March 2004 | by kimberleylee2004See all my reviews

I have to say that this is one of mine and my husbands favorite movies. My husband recorded it on VHS in the early 80's and that copy is now caputz. I was able to get a copy off of ebay and then converted it over to DVD. We watch is all the time.

It is a fantastic example of what we could be. The Inuit of the Alaskan Region are always pictured with huge smiles. Especially those who remain nomadic. Perhaps the joy of waking each morning is enough to make them happy.

Yoko Tani and Anthony Quinn are fantastic in their portrayals. I love that this movie reminds me of the very first documentary titled Nanook of the North. I love it love it love it.


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