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White Dawn [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000291Q4I
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 July 2006
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The White Dawn was a film both ahead of and behind its time. In the early 70s a film about the fatal culture clash between three stranded whalers (Warren Oates, Lou Gosset and Timothy Bottoms) and a tribe of Inuits at the turn of the 20th Century was too early for the eco-friendly green lobby and far too late for either the hippies or the slew of early pseudo-documentary adventures like Nanook of the North and Men of Two Worlds, although a fight with a polar bear did manage to infuriate animal rights activists despite the animal being rather too-obviously unharmed. The film made barely a ripple at the box-office or with the critics before quietly disappearing and causing Paramount to cancel Philip Kaufman's intended follow-up for the studio, a Star Trek movie spin-off

Being a Kaufman film, the emphasis is on an alien, more spiritual way of life rather than high adventure as the trio of "dog-children" bring their saviors nothing but bad luck, their not necessarily hostile inability to understand and abide by a different set of cultural and moral values ultimately corrupting their hosts and ending in an uncharacteristic act of premeditated violence (the moral of the tale: never accept a pair of mittens from an Inuit). There IS a certain element of contrivance underpinning the story, most notably their conflict with a hostile travelling Shaman, but the film generally manages to avoid National Geographic voyeurism and patronising melodrama, taking its pace from the seasons and the move from hunting ground to hunting ground. Unlike The Savage Innocents and its all-too-obvious studio shooting and dubbing, it also benefits immensely from being shot entirely on location with non-professional actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of those films that nobody ever talks ... 24 Oct. 2014
By R. Kim - Published on
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This is one of those films that nobody ever talks about, and you wonder why. In fact, I'd never even heard of it before finally buying it. What makes this film so special is that it is the ONLY one that shares the actual experience and intimate lifestyle of the Eskimo people, and how their life on the edge of civilization is an adventure in itself. But it is much more than that. It shows with both intensity, pathos, and ultimately sadness, how the meeting of "modern" man and "savage" can often have unexpectedly disastrous results, in spite of hopeful expectations. Moreover, it is an important morality play, a warning of how man's encroachment upon fragile worlds can destroy both the invaders and the invaded. A must-see.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful and great film that nobody talks about now a days. 19 April 2017
By Clayton Condo - Published on
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This is such a excellent and underrated movie that's forgotten about.
Phillip Kauffman does a great job directing this picture with a great cast such as Louis gosset jr, Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, and The Eskimo people of the Canadian arctic.
This a great hidden gem that I definitely recommend to any people who are interested.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 23 April 2017
By Stephen J Vitolano - Published on
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This movie was for me to watch it to the end
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4.0 out of 5 stars The movie was very good and I believe ahead of its time in quality 5 Oct. 2015
By dale reynolds - Published on
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We have always wanted to see this movie , As my husband and his brother use to do yard work for J Houston the original Writer to the book, We still live in the farm that was in next to his summer farm in R.I. . The movie was very good and I believe ahead of its time in quality . We will be reading other books he has written.
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the rental 19 Mar. 2017
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good movie
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