GenreAdventure, Drama, History ProducerMartin Ransohoff LanguageEnglish
WriterJames Houston, Martin Ransohoff, James Houston, Thomas Rickman Release date21 July 1974 (New York City, New York) CastWarren Oates (Billy), Timothy Bottoms (Daggett), Louis Gossett, Jr. (Portagee), Joanasie Salamonie (Kangiak), Simonie Kopapik (Sarkak), Pilitak (Neevee) Similar moviesTitanic, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Life of Pi, Jaws, Cast Away, Shrek the Third
TaglineA True Story of an Artic Adventure.
The White Dawn is a 1974 Canadian/American film, released in 1974, directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, and Louis Gossett, Jr. It portrays the conflict between aboriginal peoples' traditional way of life and Europeans' eagerness to take advantage of them. The film employs authentic Inuit dialect, which adds to the overall realism. It is based on the 1971 novel, The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga, by James Archibald Houston, who co-wrote the screenplay.
When three whalers become stranded in Northern Canada’s Arctic in 1896, they are rescued by Inuit. In the beginning, the Inuit accept the strangers' European ways, but as this increasingly influences and affects their customs, things slowly fall apart and cultural tension grows until the climax.