The Savage Innocents (1961)

The Savage Innocents


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Inuke (Anthony Quinn) is a good natured Eskimo hunter tracking bear, seals and walruses. His only worry is which girl he will marry after his annual visit to the trading post. His troubles begin when he inadvertently murders a missionary and is tracked by police through a blinding snowstorm.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Hans Ruesch, Franco Solinas, Nicholas Ray
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Critic Reviews for The Savage Innocents

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Art director and editor have done a standout job in matching and cutting so that it is virtually impossible to decide where Pinewood began and Canada came in.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

Though scuppered by problems worse than those usually associated with international coproductions, this is nonetheless rather more than just another engaging oddity from Ray.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

His strange, disturbing drama will leave most of its viewers dissatisfied and some outraged, but few will remain indifferent.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Nicholas Ray's epic film about Eskimo life and its remoteness from 'civilized' values represents his first -- and, in many ways, most ambitious -- attempt to break free from the Hollywood studios and forge an independent route.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cinematic coups abound

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

This stunning pictorial account of the way Eskimos live, hunt, love, and die was filmed in the northernmost part of Canada, and the scenes of Eskimos fighting for survival are truly magnificent and deeply moving.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Savage Innocents


if one can get past the obvious problems, like racially insensitive casting, animal slaughter and romanticizing native culture, it's quite a remarkable example of outsider cinema. containing peter o'toole's film debut (tho they saw fit to dub his voice), this is still a powerful film. you'll not see nothing like the mighty quinn!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Anthony Quinn plays an eskimo and for some reason they decided to dub Peter O'Toole

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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