The 7th Dawn

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The 7th Dawn
The 7th Dawn FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Charles K. Feldman
Written by Karl Tunberg
Based on The Durian Tree
1960 novel
by Michael Keon
Starring William Holden
Tetsuro Tamba
Susannah York
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by John Shirley
Jeremy Saunders
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
2 September 1964
Running time
123 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The 7th Dawn is a 1964 Technicolor drama film starring William Holden, Capucine and Tetsuro Tamba. The film set in the Malayan Emergency was based on the 1960 novel The Durian Tree by Michael Keon and filmed on location in Malaysia.


Three friends who fought the Japanese in Malaya during World War II end up on opposing sides in the Communist insurgency following the war. Ferris (William Holden) becomes a prosperous rubber plantation owner, while his mistress Dhana (Capucine) is now head of a schoolteacher's union. The third former guerrilla, Ng (Tetsuro Tamba), goes to Moscow to obtain an education. When he returns, an even more committed revolutionary than during the war, Dhana is torn between the two.

Ferris, whose friendship with Ng makes him and his holdings immune from attack, tries to steer clear of the conflict, but is inexorably drawn in when Dhana is arrested and sentenced to death for carrying explosives for the insurgents. As an additional complication, Candace Trumpey (Susannah York), the daughter of the British Resident whom Ferris had met at the end of the war, is infatuated with the worldly Ferris. The naive Candace offers herself as a hostage and falls into Ng's hands; he threatens to kill her if the sentence on Dhana is carried out. Ferris offers to flush Ng out in exchange for Dhana's life, but is given only seven days to do so.



The film's score was composed by Riz Ortolani. The theme song The Seventh Dawn was sung by The Lettermen on the movie soundtrack. Their version can be reviewed on YouTube.[1] Sergio Franchi recorded the song on a 1964 single - RCA 47-8409[2] and Roland Shaw provided an instrumental cover version.


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