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The 7th Dawn (1964)

William Holden , Susannah York , Lewis Gilbert  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Screenplay by KARL TUNBERG Based on the novel "The Durian Tree" by MICHAEL KEON
  • Producers: Charles K. Feldman Co-Produced By Karl Tunberg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LB5FB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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William Holden fights Communist terrorists hell-bent on winning Malayan "independence" in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure that also stars Susannah York.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and romance of the highest order April 3, 2011
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Watching a 'devil-may-care' William Holden hacking his way through the jungle is reminisent of his turn in "River Kwai"! Here he struggles with divided loyalties among lovers, friends and politicians. With good-looking capable actors,lush exotic location photography, a haunting musical score and equal amounts of suspense,action and romance this one is a winner - lambasted by critics with no regard for the masses "The Seventh Dawn" remains one of my all-time "guilty pleasures".
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific adventure film set in post WWII Asia April 22, 2011
Splendid cast and little known film that captures the turmoil of post WWII Mayala. Holden is once again perfectly cast as a man who is tired of war and wants to resume his rubber business, but old ties to the local Malayian communist leader draws him back into the violent fold of war. Filmed on location, this little seen film is excellent and finally on DVD. The only film to have British paratroopers making a jungle assault and Vampire jets zooming overhead. Cool. Check it out.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This was my war. April 23, 2011
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I had been searching for this movie for a long time.There has not been much on this subject,either print or film.
My interest in this film,is because I was in that war,from 1955to 1956,a period of 18 months.So thanks to Amazon
I was able to indulge myself.There is another film around called The Planters Wife,which is a lot more authentic
than the 7th dawn.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The 7th Dawn is a film dealing with the insurgency in Malaya, after the Second World War, starring William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine, and several good English actors. It is in very good condition, so must have been restored for the DVD MGM Limited Edition.
It is an informative film, especially for those not familiar with the story of the Communist agitators who were striving to force the British leave South East Asia, Malaya particularly, and the methods they used to achieve their aims. Susannah York plays the daughter of the English Administrator, and although very young, twenty-five at the time, was convincing and her usual beautiful self. William Holden was well cast as the plantation owner, and former war veteran, and the whole film was most enjoyable and believable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! It's on DVD May 18, 2011
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Years ago I found a copy of this movie in VHS format and it's deteriorated due to the high humidity in Asia. The story of a struggle in Malaya between WWII-time allies for the ultimate fate of Malaysia: the country that it is or a communist dominated state. It leaves one with an appreciation of the realities of what it took to create an independent Malaysia and a hint of why there were anti-Chinese feelings for a long time in that country.
I'm glad to see it's on DVD and recommend it to anyone interested in S.E. Asian History and a step away from the classic gung-ho Viet-Nam movies about the struggles against communist domination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid February 28, 2012
One doesn't hear much about Maylaya's place in the scheme of things during and after WWII. This film will give you a decent taste of that wrapped up in a strong drama.

Here's the scoop. Ferris (Holden), Dhana (Capucine) and Ng (Tanba) have been fighting the Japanese up to the end of the war. With the war over, Ferris buys land and goes into the rubber business. Dhana stays on as a teacher. Ng goes to Moscow and becomes indoctrinated into the ways of Communism only to return later to enforce Maylayan rebels who are trying to kick the Brits out of the country. Dhana is framed to look like a rebel. She won't rat out Ng so Ferris needs to find Ng and turn him in before the noose tightens.

This is a decent story decently directed. What it has going for it is the way the characters are written and performed. Holden, and Capucine are really good. Tetsuro Tanba as Ng runs close behind. Susannah York as Candace Trumpey is Okay, but this was still a bit early in her career so she's not quite up to the others. The directing is a bit on the pedestrian side. The action/fight scenes are a bit sloppy and the talk scenes needed a bit more movement in them. The crowd scenes are typical of the time as is the musical score. Those things have gotten so much better in film over the years. Decent use is made of the location in both the villages and the wilds, but overall it's a bit leaden. It also has an interesting ending and, given this was released in 1964 it was a bit ahead of its time. Holden remarks to a British diplomat how they have learned nothing in the centuries they've spent trying to colonize other countries. The U.S. would make this same mistake a few years later in Viet Nam.

This is a good solid watch. It probably won't hit your top ten but it's a good ride none the less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Communists attempt to take over during the Emergency October 15, 2013
This movie, set in post-WWII Malaya, is a great war film. It starts with the leaders of a guerilla band in the jungle, executing Japanese prisoners, when they find out that the Pacific War is over. Ing, a Chinese native, is the leader of the band. Holden plays an American who was left behind by the Australians when they pulled out in 1941 to cause trouble for the Japanese. And Capucine plays, I don't know, the beautiful commissar of the unit? In any case, the three of them are seperated following the end of the war and the return of the British: Ing goes to Moscow, presumably to the Lenin School to learn how to stir up trouble in his native country, Holden becomes a rich landowner and Capucine the head of the teacher's union in Malaya (I KNEW she was a commissar!).

The story develops as the British, who intend to give Malaya its freedom, are faced with an insurgency which threatens to pull Malaya apart along racial lines, leaving the communists in control. Ing is in charge of the insurgency and Holden is asked to intervene on behalf of the British.

The movie has adventure, intrigue, drama and lot of communists biting the dust. I couldn't get enough of it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. William Holden is always the best
Good movie. William Holden is always the best. Does not quite live up to Bridge on the River Qwai.
Published 1 day ago by Cheryl Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic adventure story
Excellent movie. Holden is the quintessential ex-pat. They don't make movies like this one any more. It has a love quadrangle which is a twist on the usual triangle. Read more
Published 13 days ago by dkc
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 3 months ago by leandro
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little Movie
A clever little movie that highlghts what many of us allready know that in war todays ally could be tomorrows enemy and in war there is no action so low it will not be done to gain... Read more
Published 8 months ago by grumpy fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Malaya -- The Struggles of the World in Microcosm
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Actually, as a history lesson this movie is right on. It's drama, but if there were a genre called "Political Drama" this movie would certainly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Arthur L. Warchol
2.0 out of 5 stars Dawn
Didn't understand reason for movie. Should watch it again to try understand it better. Anything with mr. Holden is usually good.
Published 10 months ago by Carolyn Ziede
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Film
I've never seen it, but my daddy says it is a great film. That is why I bought it for him on Father's Day.
Published 12 months ago by William Joiner
3.0 out of 5 stars the 7th dawn
It's a fairly good movie but not the kind I am interested in. I bought it as a war film of world war two but it turned out to be the story of a plantation owner in asia after world... Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Seay
5.0 out of 5 stars When Idealists Collide . . .
"The Seventh Dawn" was made during the early years of the Vietnam conflict. The story is set and the movie is filmed in Malaysia, a beautiful country then and now. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rebecca H. Augustine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good William Holden movie
William Holden was my favorite actor when I was a kid. I rate this movie almost as good as "The Life of Suzie Wong" and on a par with "Love as a Many Spendored... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Murphy
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