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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 (33 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LB5FB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,374 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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44 of 45 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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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific adventure film set in post WWII Asia April 22, 2011
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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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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 7th Dawn July 23, 2005
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I highly recommend this movie to all those who are interested in the Malayan (now Malaysia) Emergency (l948-1960). The Malayan Emergency begins with the killing of several British planters by the Communist guerillas in Sungei Siput, Perak State of the then Malaya. The actual leader of the guerillas is none other than Chin Peng (see his memoirs Chin Peng: My Side of History). But in the film he is known as Ng. This l963 movie is based on the book, THE DURIAN TREE by British writer, Michael Keon. I was an eye-witness to several parts of the film being made in Malaysia. The beginning scene with the helicopter was filmed at the Forest Research Institue of Malaysia at Kepong. The next scene was also filmed in the grounds of FRIM at Bukit Laggong. Others scenes were filmed at the placid Lake Gardens, The Railway Station and the Moorish style Clock Tower Complex in Kuala Lumpur. The beach scene was filmed at Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan state. The various jungle scenes were filmed at Ulu Gombak on the Main Mountain Range of the country. Those were lush virgin rainforest being photographed. The jail scene was made at the famous Pudu Jail where Capucine was incarcerated for the hand geranade in her durain fruit. The rubber estate and rubber tappers at work were filmed on the Kuala Lumpur trunk road to Negri Sembilan. The entire picture was made entirely in Malaysia and within 30 miles of the scenic Kuala Lumpur. But, when the film was finally made and ready to show on the screen, the conservative Malay Government of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman banned it from being seen by Malaysians who might not know the truth of their country's Emergency which involved the guerillas (former anti-Japanese fighters)and the British colonialists. Read more ›
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11 of 11 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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18 of 20 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.

Steve.
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9 of 9 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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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Malayan Adventure January 24, 2000
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Better than average adventure/drama and romantic triangle involving an American rubber plantation owner, Malay school teacher turned political activist and the daughter of a British diplomat. Lots of beautiful scenery showing the plantation and jungle. William Holden fans and those who like stories/films that take place in exotic locales will enjoy it. Although Capucine did an admirable job as the Malay school teacher, I've always found it distracting to use a European or American actress to play the part of an Asian - when there are so many extremely talented and beautiful Asian women. But alas, this was filmed in the early 60s, before we "discovered" that the best person to play the role of an Asian is an ASIAN! That's just a personal complaint of mine for all movies that did this and not a slam on this particular movie. As I mentioned, Capucine does a very convincing job and if you can convince yourself that she's perhaps Eurasian, then you're home free. I had seen the movie a couple times (theater, TV) and found it interesting enough to buy it on VHS, so that every few years we can slilp it into the VCR for another viewing. If you like movies like: The Year of Living Dangerously; Elephant Walk; The Naked Jungle; The Emerald Forest; - you'll enjoy this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holden
The story will keep you hanging in until the end. I liked the photography. Done in the days before CGI so everything is real.
Published 16 days ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but beautiful
This is one of my favorite movies. It was good to revisit it. It explains a lot of what happened in SE Asia after WW II. The acting was surperb.
Published 29 days ago by T. Casteleiro
5.0 out of 5 stars good plot, good solid
Filmed on location, good plot, good solid acting
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Lanzieri
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 month 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 2 months ago by dkc
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great
Published 4 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 10 months ago by grumpy fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Communists attempt to take over during the Emergency
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James D. Crabtree
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 11 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 12 months ago by Carolyn Ziede
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