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The 7th Dawn

4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LB5FB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. M. Kavanagh on 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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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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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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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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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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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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By Eric Sanber on February 28, 2012
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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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