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Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)

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


James B. Clark


Jane Klove, Scott O'Dell (novel) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Celia Milius ... Karana (as Celia Kaye)
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Ramo
Ann Daniel Ann Daniel ... Tutok
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Chowig
George Kennedy ... Aleut Captain
Hal John Norman Hal John Norman ... Kimki (as Hal Jon Norman)
Julie Payne ... Lurai
Martin Garralaga ... The Priest
Junior Junior ... Rontu


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. She sometimes has hard struggle but passes what people think women can't do and does it with no help at all but the knowledge she learned as a young girl

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The incredible true life adventure of a young girl, who survived the dangers of a lost island! See more »


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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 was based on the true story of a woman left behind on the Channel Islands by missionaries in the early 1800s. She lived alone on one of the islands for eighteen 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 »


Karana's hair does not grow any longer after the 18 years she's been on the Channel Islands. However, hair does have a terminal length that varies with the individual. Once it reaches that point, it stops growing. 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 been a long time.
12 February 2015 | by ofpsmithSee all my reviews

I saw this film once when I was in 6th grade (over 3 years ago) as part of a class project. We were reading the book so my teacher brought this in to watch. Even though it's been 3 years since I've seen it I'm ready to go back and review it. The story is of a young Native American Girl who was abandoned by her tribe (accidently) and left on her island. She befriend wolves and other wildlife as she makes her solitary life on the island for over 18 years until she was discovered. The film and book are both based on the real story of Juana Maria. The film's acting is decent and the story id great so I can recommend it. It's hard to find on DVD but it should still be available somewhere.

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Release Date:

10 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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