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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
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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. 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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Even when Celia Milius wasn't before the cameras, her canine companion Junior, son of Spike (a.k.a. Old Yeller), who played Rontu, refused to let her out his sight. 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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Sad, but true
7 June 2003 | by melodaSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie years ago. It was based on the book, which was a true story. However, it is true that when Europeans came along, they did bring along diseases, and sadly enough murdered innocent natives. Those people tried hard to defend their territory, but were outnumbered. This movie tells the story of a girl who survived after her tribe left the island. It's too sad to think about much more. I would only recommend it if you like true stories about history. Otherwise, all you will see is a lot of people dying, and sad stuff along the way.

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Release Date:

10 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'île des dauphins bleus See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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