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The 7th Dawn (1964)

Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Michael Keon (novel), Karl Tunberg (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
William Holden ... Major Ferris
Susannah York ... Candace Trumpey
Capucine ... Dhana Mercier
Tetsurô Tanba ... Ng
Michael Goodliffe ... Trumphey
Allan Cuthbertson ... Cavendish
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Tom - Chief Petty Officer
Maurice Denham ... Tarlton
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Ah Ming
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Storyline

The end of WW2 finds Major Ferris fighting alongside guerrilla groups in the jungles of Malaysia. Major Ferris is an American who was attached to the Australian 8th Army and stayed behind to co-ordinate native guerrilla groups. When the Japanese unconditionally surrender, everyone is rejoicing but a British officer pertinently comments that although the Malaysian people aided the British to defeat the Japanese their allegiance will shift and they might not be so friendly towards the British in the near future. Malaysia is a British colony and like many other colonies it struggles to gain its independence from the European powers. Major Ferris' closest friend and comrade during the war, Malaysian colonel Ng, is asked by Ferris to join him into a business venture. Ferris has purchased a few acres of land rich in rubber trees and tin mines. He offers Ng an equal partnership in the venture but colonel Ng refuses. He explains that he has to go to Moscow to study at a school for political ... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

A STRANGE LAND SLEEPS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN - SO STILL...SO MYSTERIOUS...SO UNTOUCHED- UNTIL THE FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN AWAKENS THE PASSIONS OF MEN AND THE FURIES OF WAR!

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

7:e gryningen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Holdean See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A 2008 biography of John Davis, the inspiration for Maj. Ferris, contains an afterword by Chin Peng, the inspiration for Ng. It was titled "Our Man in Malaya" and was written by Margaret Shennan. See more »

Goofs

During the attack on Ng's jungle camp, the MPLA soldier on the bridge is obviously a mannequin. See more »

Quotes

Ng: Even magic cannot protect you against stupidity.
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Soundtracks

The Seventh Dawn
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Underrated for sure!
4 October 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie deserves a better rating,that's for sure.Capucine's character is arguably the stand-out as she portrays an uncompromising proud pure heroin,à la Joan of Arc,with dignity and grandeur.Her last scene particularly impresses as the cinematography does.Lewis Gilbert is not a seventh art genius but he avoids pathos and melodrama by using ellipsis :Holden and York are still in the jungle,desperately trying to arrive before it's too late and abruptly,the story takes us forward,several days after they returned.

That said,York's character in not really credible,and Tamba's part is too cardboard when it demanded an ambiguous, in depth psychology.But interest is sustained till the end and I think the movie should be restored to favor.


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