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The Savage Innocents

The Savage Innocents (1961)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Anthony Quinn added Eskimo to the many ethnic types he portrayed on film with this drama about a clash of cultures from director Nicholas Ray. Inuk (Quinn) is a typical Eskimo hunter, living proudly as his ancestors did, eking out an existence on the frozen Canadian tundra. When Inuk takes his wife and mother-in-law to a trading post to exchange furs, the family meets a friendly priest (Marco Guglielmi). In time-honored Eskimo custom, Inuk offers the missionary his wife's sexual favors. Offended

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Hans Ruesch, Franco Solinas

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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.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Though scuppered by problems worse than those usually associated with international coproductions, this is nonetheless rather more than just another engaging oddity from Ray.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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His strange, disturbing drama will leave most of its viewers dissatisfied and some outraged, but few will remain indifferent.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: 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.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Cinematic coups abound

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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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.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Unlike anything else in Nicholas Ray's catalogue

March 16, 2004 Full Review
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Once you get into it, you'll be hooked.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4
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The Savage Innocents makes you feel that you have become part of the tundra.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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!
October 20, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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Anthony Quinn plays an eskimo and for some reason they decided to dub Peter O'Toole
July 27, 2009
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