The 7th Dawn
|The 7th Dawn|
|Directed by||Lewis Gilbert|
|Produced by||Charles K. Feldman|
|Written by||Karl Tunberg|
|Based on||The Durian Tree
by Michael Keon
|Music by||Riz Ortolani|
|Edited by||John Shirley
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|2 September 1964|
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.
- William Holden as Major Ferris
- Capucine as Dhana
- Tetsuro Tamba as Ng
- Susannah York as Candace Trumpey
- Michael Goodliffe as Trumphey
- Allan Cuthbertson as Cavendish
- Maurice Denham as Tarlton
- Sydney Tafler as Chief Police Officer Tom
- Beulah Quo as Ah Ming
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. Sergio Franchi recorded the song on a 1964 single - RCA 47-8409 and Roland Shaw provided an instrumental cover version.