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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.



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Cast overview:
... Karana (as Celia Kaye)
Larry Domasin ... Ramo
Ann Daniel ... Tutok
Carlos Romero ... Chowig
... Aleut Captain
Hal John Norman ... Kimki (as Hal Jon Norman)
Julie Payne ... Lurai
... The Priest
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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Release Date:

10 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla de los delfines azules  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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The Chumash tribe (not the principles) were played by the Manchester and Kashia tribes of the Pomo nation. See more »


In the book Rontu originally belonged to Tutok. 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 See 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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