The Savage Innocents
The Savage Innocents (1961)

Offering a beautifully photographed and detailed view of Eskimo life in the Canadian north, this epic adventure stars Anthony Quinn and marks the feature film debut of Peter O'Toole. Quinn plays Inuk, an Eskimo hunter who lives the… 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

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

Cinematic coups abound

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

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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

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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Shane Burridge

Unlike anything else in Nicholas Ray's catalogue

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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