The Savage Innocents (1961)
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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.
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Critic Reviews for The Savage Innocents
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.
Though scuppered by problems worse than those usually associated with international coproductions, this is nonetheless rather more than just another engaging oddity from Ray.
His strange, disturbing drama will leave most of its viewers dissatisfied and some outraged, but few will remain indifferent.
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.
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.
Ray's portrait of Inuit life in the atomic age, and as with all of his later work, a curious blend of melodrama and pseudo-documentary
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!More
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