The Savage Innocents
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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 and is tracked by police through a blinding snowstorm.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The Savage Innocents makes you feel that you have become part of the tundra."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though scuppered by problems worse than those usually associated with international coproductions, this is nonetheless rather more than just another engaging oddity from Ray."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Cinematic coups abound"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Unlike anything else in Nicholas Ray's catalogue"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"His strange, disturbing drama will leave most of its viewers dissatisfied and some outraged, but few will remain indifferent."
‑ Eugene Archer, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Once you get into it, you'll be hooked."
‑ , Film4
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