The White Dawn

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"A True Story of an Artic Adventure."
  • R
  • 1974
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 7.1  (867)

The White Dawn is a 1974 film directed by Philip Kaufman and explores themes of colonialism, cultural clashes, and survival. The movie is based on the book A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat, which tells the true story of three Inuit men who help three stranded whalers in the Arctic. The movie opens with three whalers, Billy (played by Warren Oates), Daggett (played by Timothy Bottoms), and Portagee (played by Louis Gossett Jr.), as they are stranded on an ice floe in the Arctic. They are running low on supplies, and their situation is growing increasingly dire. As they face starvation and exposure, they are rescued by a group of Inuit who happen to come across their ice floe.

The three whalers are taken to a small Inuit settlement, where they are welcomed by the community. However, the cultural differences between the whalers and the Inuit soon become apparent. The whalers are Westerners who do not understand the Inuit's way of life, and the Inuit view the whalers as strange outsiders.

Through the film, the viewer gets a glimpse into the Inuit way of life, with many of their customs and traditions being explored. For example, the Inuit are shown to be very respectful of the animals they hunt and believe in using every part of the animal to the fullest extent possible. This lifestyle stands in stark contrast to the whalers, who are shown to be wasteful in their ways.

As the whalers begin to grow comfortable in the community and even start to participate in Inuit activities like hunting and fishing, tensions start to build. The Inuit people begin to resent the whalers for their carelessness and disrespect towards the environment, and the whalers, in turn, become resentful of the Inuit's ways of life, which they view as primitive.

The tension comes to a head when one of the whalers shoots an Inuit hunter's dog. The Inuit community is outraged by this act, and the whalers become afraid of retribution. They decide to leave the community and try to make their way back to civilization. However, they quickly realize that they are woefully unprepared to survive in the harsh Arctic environment on their own.

The film concludes with a poignant scene that drives home the idea that cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings and conflict. The viewer is left to ponder the implications of colonialism and the exploitation of indigenous cultures.

The White Dawn is a beautiful film that showcases the incredible natural beauty of the Arctic wilderness. The performances by the cast are all excellent, with Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms and Louis Gossett Jr. all delivering powerful performances. The movie is a thought-provoking exploration of cultural differences, and its message is just as relevant today as it was in 1974.

The White Dawn is a 1974 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1.

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    7.1  (867)