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
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 »
[Staring at 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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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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