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The 7th Dawn
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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.
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.
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.
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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Another good movie from the past. My husband and I enjoy these movies because they had great actors and we don't have to listen to bad language in the today movies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia L.
Excellent movie I have been trying to obtain for a long time, top quality DVD. Very Happy.Published 8 months ago by Ann Hogan-Cross
another great movie CHOPPED.......why????? the release Aspect ratio: 1.85 & this dvd is 1:66. it baffles me that would hurt this release to be put out as it was intended. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob Wyler
one of William Holden lesser know movie with York as the young lady who seeks him outPublished 10 months ago by Soft and Mellow Mood
I'm a William Holden fan so I wanted to see it. It's a good movie and money well spent. It does have a haunting theme song that plays throughout the movie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Brant
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