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The White Dawn (1974)

In 1896, three whalers are stranded in the Arctic North Canada and seek refuge with an Eskimo tribe. Gradually, they gain control with the Eskimo village and introduce gambling, booze, ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

James Houston (novel), James Houston (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Oates ... Billy
Timothy Bottoms ... Daggett
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Portagee (as Lou Gossett)
Joanasie Salamonie Joanasie Salamonie ... Kangiak
Simonie Kopapik Simonie Kopapik ... Sarkak
Pilitak Pilitak ... Neevee
Sagiaktok Sagiaktok ... Shaman
Munamee Sako Munamee Sako ... Sowaiapik
Pitseolai Kili Pitseolai Kili ... Sowaiapik's Wife
Meetook Mallee Meetook Mallee ... Ikuma
Seemee Nookiguak Seemee Nookiguak ... Avinga
Sakkeassie Sakkeassie ... Dirty Boy
Akshooyooliak Akshooyooliak ... Old Mother
Nilak Butler Nilak Butler ... Pance
Oolipika Joamie Oolipika Joamie ... Mia
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In 1896, three whalers are stranded in the Arctic North Canada and seek refuge with an Eskimo tribe. Gradually, they gain control with the Eskimo village and introduce gambling, booze, theft, and their special variation of sex. In the beginning, the Eskimos accept it, but slowly the cultural tension starts growing. Written by Frank Christensen <fch@post4.tele.dk>

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Plot Keywords:

eskimo | arctic | whaler | custom | whale | See All (9) »

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Live...love...survival...the greatest adventures of all. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvorecer Branco See more »

Filming Locations:

Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Irwin Winkler, this movie was the main factor in his decision to invite Director Philip Kaufman to direct The Right Stuff (1983). Portions of Henry Mancini's score for this film can be heard in the later film. See more »

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Referenced in Realizing 'The Right Stuff' (2003) See more »

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This is a powerful movie best appreciated by those who...
17 January 2005 | by caribooleanSee all my reviews

have some respect for and knowledge of tribal cultures where the shamans have authority, the people are "tuned in" to the natural world, and "nature magic" is understood on a gut level by everyone from childhood onward. I saw this film many years ago and loved it; it's still excellent. If you like it, you may want to read "The Heart of the Hunter" by Laurens Van Der Post, a classic about the Bushmen in South Africa. This film will be of value to anyone who has someone in their family who's made a mess of his or her life because of alcohol. Grab the drinker and make him or her watch it and that person may get a sense for how destructive that behavior is. Anyone who wants to learn about the Bear Spirit will learn something here as well.


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