The White Dawn (1974)

Director
Philip Kaufman

Main cast
Warren Oates; Timothy Bottoms; Louis Gossett, Jr.; Joanasie Salamonie; Simonie Kopapik

Genres
Action, Adventure, Drama

Description
Three stranded 1890s whalers (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.) corrupt the culture of their Eskimo saviors.


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