The White Dawn

Overview

Director Philip Kaufman took his production of Eskimo life to actual locations in the Arctic Circle, making it only the third film in history after Nanook of the North and Eskimo to shoot there. Kaufman also employs authentic Eskimo dialect in the film, which adds a heightened bit of realism. The story concerns three whalers -- Billy Warren Oates, Daggett Timothy Bottoms, and Portagee Louis Gossett Jr. -- who becomes stranded in the Arctic Circle and are rescued by a tribe of Eskimos. Living in the Eskimo ...
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Overview

Director Philip Kaufman took his production of Eskimo life to actual locations in the Arctic Circle, making it only the third film in history after Nanook of the North and Eskimo to shoot there. Kaufman also employs authentic Eskimo dialect in the film, which adds a heightened bit of realism. The story concerns three whalers -- Billy Warren Oates, Daggett Timothy Bottoms, and Portagee Louis Gossett Jr. -- who becomes stranded in the Arctic Circle and are rescued by a tribe of Eskimos. Living in the Eskimo village, the three men introduce the chief vices of their civilization -- gambling, thievery, and Western-style sex -- to the isolated Eskimo village. At first the natives put up with the behavior of the Westerners, but as their ways begin to encroach upon the traditional Eskimo customs, the villagers begin to resist the three men's habits. A clash of cultures results.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883316754986
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,325

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Oates Billy
Timothy Bottoms Daggett
Louis Gossett Jr. Portagee
Simonie Kopapik Sarkak
Joanasie Salomonie Kangiak
Akshooyooliak Old Mother
Namonai Ashoona Nowya
Atcheelak Hunters
Higa Ipeelie Evaloo
Oolipika Joamie Mia
Meetook Mallee Ikuma
Neelak Panee
Seemee Nookiguak Avinga
Jacob Partridge Archer
Sagiaktok Shaman
Aupalotak Simonee
Pilitak Neevee
Technical Credits
Philip Kaufman Director
Jon Anderson Asst. Director
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Don Guest Producer
James Houston Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Richard Lightstone Sound/Sound Designer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Martin Ransohoff Producer, Screenwriter
Tom Rickman Screenwriter
Douglas Stewart Editor
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