The 7th Dawn (1964)

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Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.


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  • William Holden and Capucine in The 7th Dawn (1964)
  • William Holden and Tetsurô Tanba in The 7th Dawn (1964)
  • William Holden and Susannah York in The 7th Dawn (1964)
  • Capucine in The 7th Dawn (1964)
  • William Holden in The 7th Dawn (1964)

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11 February 2004 | cmark51
A story worth telling
Odd, that I don't recall the word 'communist' being uttered throughout this picture. Anyone notice if it was? It was pretty clear from the references and the red stars the Ng and his guerrillas were communists. This is an entertaining film from a jungle war that has been largely forgotten in the shadow of Vietnam. The British spent 12 years eradicating the elements they called "communist terrorists" before Malaysia became independent. Most of their enemies weren't conveniently

uniformed like Ng's forces, but were more like the grenade-tossing chauffeur. The SAS played a key role in suppressing the communists, and the British pretty much wrote the book on how to deal with these sort of insurgencies, lessons the

Americans too often seem to forget (though they slowly seem to be figuring it out in Iraq and Afghanistan). Saw this movie years ago and liked it, liked it more in a recent viewing, in spite of its flaws. Always liked Holden, have a real soft spot for Susannah York - and Capucine was splendid. Some great cars in this movie, too (and a Gloster Meteor, too, I think). And yes, superbly photographed.

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