The Savage Innocents 1961

The Savage Innocents

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Inuk (Anthony Quinn), an Eskimo hunter, offers his wife, Asiak (Yôko Tani), to a visiting Christian missionary as a courtesy, which is a custom of his people. When the missionary refuses this offer with disdain, an angered Inuk attacks and accidentally kills him. After Inuk is later caught by a pair of troopers who seek to return him for a trial, they face a blizzard. The troopers must decide whether to let the resourceful Inuk help them. Otherwise, they all may perish in the storm.

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Critic Reviews for The Savage Innocents

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (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.

    October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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…

    Geoff Andrew

    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 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 'The Savage Innocents' is an adventure that Nicholas Ray manages with ease and some anthropological discursive claims, but I'm not so captivated by the look he offers on the idiosyncrasies of the Eskimos. [Full review in Spanish]

    July 25, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Hollywood's Anthony Quinn is the primitive hero in a drama, beautifully-photographed but sometimes ludicrous in style...

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Savage Innocents

  • Oct 20, 2011
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2007
    Anthony Quinn plays an eskimo and for some reason they decided to dub Peter O'Toole
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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