Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)

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Based on the popular children's story by Scott O'Dell, this family movie tells of the true adventures of a young Native American girl. After her father is killed by a malevolent white trapper, Karana (Celia Kaye) joins her community as they leave their island home in the Pacific to live on the mainland. Upon her departure, Karana realizes that her brother has been left behind. She immediately swims back to be with him and the two remain on the abandoned island. Though Karana is able to domesticate a wolf, her brother is not so fortunate with the animals and is killed by a pack of wild dogs. She is left to survive against the odds for several years before she has a chance to journey to the mainland herslelf. The adept cinematography of Leo Tover (Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Day the Earth Stood Still) greatly contributed to this outdoor adventure film as did appropriate music from prolific film composer Paul Sawtell.

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Critic Reviews for Island of the Blue Dolphins

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Adults and the more sophisticated youngsters probably will find Island of the Blue Dolphins a bit thin and sugary. Never mind, though, kiddies. This one is strictly for you.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite some weaknesses, this is well above average for its type and has hints of Nanook of the North and Tabu.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A well-made film with a lead character with whom kids will easily empathize.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

[Island of the Blue Dolphins] should fill the bill for those who cry that there is no family entertainment while hoping for something better than television drivel.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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