The Savage Innocents
The Savage Innocents (1961)

Inuke (Anthony Quinn) is a good natured Eskimo hunter tracking bear, seals and walruses. His only worry is which girl he will marry after his annual visit to the trading post. His troubles begin when he inadvertently murders a missionary… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though scuppered by problems worse than those usually associated with international coproductions, this is nonetheless rather more than just another engaging oddity from Ray.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Cinematic coups abound

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Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Unlike anything else in Nicholas Ray's catalogue

Eugene Archer
New York Times

His strange, disturbing drama will leave most of its viewers dissatisfied and some outraged, but few will remain indifferent.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Film4

Once you get into it, you'll be hooked.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
if one can get past the obvious problems, like racially insensitive casting, animal slaughter and romanticizing native culture, it's quite a remarkable… More
Ken Stachnik
Anthony Quinn plays an eskimo and for some reason they decided to dub Peter O'Toole