The Seventh Dawn

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure

Holden and Capucine had been conducting an off-screen affair ever since meeting while filming THE LION in Kenya. They must have saved all their passion for their private moments, however, because very little of it is on the screen in this cliche-laden adventure made in and around Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The film is a compendium of every steamy Eurasian...read more

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Holden and Capucine had been conducting an off-screen affair ever since meeting while filming THE LION in Kenya. They must have saved all their passion for their private moments, however, because very little of it is on the screen in this cliche-laden adventure made in and around Kuala

Lumpur in Malaysia. The film is a compendium of every steamy Eurasian action drama ever made, and the dialog could have come from half a dozen other pictures. It's 1945 and the war has just ended. Holden has been running a guerrilla force against the Japanese; and now that the battles are done, he

elects to stay on and becomes a wealthy real estate owner. His old comrade, Tamba, takes off for Moscow, where he is indoctrinated into the Red-terrorist ways. Holden and his mistress, Capucine, have shared love and war together, so she remains at his side. Goodliffe is the new local British

governor and York his sexy daughter, mad for Holden. Tamba returns some time later with an eye to converting Malaysia to communism. He gathers a cadre of men and begins attacking all the landowners, pointedly excluding Holden from his attacks. Goodliffe's people want Holden to trap Tamba, but he

refuses. Capucine is also above turning in her pal, so she is framed by the authorities and sentenced to be executed. York nobly allows herself to be taken hostage by Tamba, and word gets back that she will be killed unless Capucine is released. Holden senses that it's time to toss loyalty out the

window, so he goes in bravely, rescues York, and sends Tamba's aides running. He's not fast enough to get back before Capucine is executed, however. After a struggle between Tamba and Holden, York shoots the terrorist. With Holden's lover gone, York thinks she can replace Capucine in his

affections, but he thanks her and wearily suggests that she find love in the arms of a younger man. (Holden was 46 when he made this film; York was 23.) The working titles for the movie were "The Third Road" and "Wherever Love Takes Me." A tired movie with little vitality, THE SEVENTH DAWN

disappeared quickly.

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