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The Savage Innocents (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 15 February 1961 (USA)
An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

Hans Ruesch (adaptation), Franco Solinas (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Inuk
Yôko Tani ... Asiak
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Second Trooper
Peter O'Toole ... First Trooper
Marie Yang Marie Yang ... Powtee
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Missionary
Kaida Horiuchi Kaida Horiuchi ... Imina
Lee Montague ... Ittimargnek
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Anarvik
Yvonne Shima Yvonne Shima ... Lulik
Anthony Chinn ... Kiddok
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Trading Post Proprietor
Michael Chow ... Undik
Ed Devereaux ... Pilot
Nicholas Stuart ... Commentarist
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Storyline

An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.

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Taglines:

Savage and Sensational Drama! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Top of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Yôko Tani was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl. See more »

Goofs

After giving the bear the baited food, Inuk initially chases it empty handed, then appears with a spear. See more »

Quotes

Missionary: The Lord be with you.
Inuk: No, just Asiak, Powtee and me. We do not know Lord.
Missionary: A very short sleep ago, you both offended Him.
Inuk: Oh, we did not know. One must apologize.
Missionary: If you will listen to my words and believe in me,the Lord will come and stay with you and follow you in all your travels.
Asiak: [whispers to Inuk] We do not want another with us.
Inuk: Maybe he good hunter.
[to Missionary]
Inuk: We will be pleased if your friend comes with us.
Asiak: He must bring his own sled. Will this Lord bring everything He needs?
[...]
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »

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Sexy Rock
Written by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino and Mario Panzeri
Performed by Colin Hicks
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An excellent movie
26 December 2002 | by wild-plumSee all my reviews

In the late sixties, bob dylan was asked how he came to write the song "Quinn the Eskimo". He replied that he'd seen this movie in which Tony Quinn played an Eskimo. The Savage Innocents is that movie. (In a much later book about his lyrics, Dylan says he doesn't remember how the song came about- like many of us, ol' bob's memory ain't what it used to be.)

This is the most accurate portrayal of Eskimo customs ever to come out of Hollywierd. It contrasts the cultural practices of Inuit and North American societies at a time when many Inuit people had not yet encountered the white man and his ways. The movie asks the question "who is savage and who is innocent?" The movie is full of memorable performances and "sound bites". You'll come away with a new appreciation for traditional Eskimo culture and more than a few new quotable quotes.

When Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody's gonna jump for joy!


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