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.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Celia Kaye
as Karana
George Kennedy
as Aleut Captain
Ann Daniel
as Tutok
Carlos Romero
as Chowig
Martin Garralaga
as The Priest
Alex Montoya
as Spanish Captain
Julie Payne
as Lurai
Jon Alvar
as Tainer
as Rontu, the dog
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I loved this book when I read it as a teenager...the movie, not as good as the book is still worth the watch, about a young Indian girl accidently left behind on an island by her people and having to learn to fend for herself.

Robin P.
Robin P.

True story of a young girls survival alone on one of the Channel Islands off the coast of California

Glynn Shaffer
Glynn Shaffer

What a great movie. I'd like to see this movie again because I can't remember anything. If there's a book I'd like to read it. It's been about 15 years since I've seen this.

Nellie K. Adaba
Nellie K. Adaba

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