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(1951)

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This film was instrumental in launching the careers of Satyajit Ray - an assistant on the film - and Subrata Mitra, who went on to become Ray's cinematographer.
Esmond Knight, who plays the one-eyed Father, did actually lose his eye in the war, during the battle to sink the Bismark. He served on the Prince of Wales, and later starred as the Captain of the Prince of Wales in the film Sink the Bismarck! (1960).
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Thomas E. Breen, who plays Capt. John, was really missing one leg like his character.
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When Kenneth McEldowney, a successful florist and real estate agent in Los Angeles, complained to his wife, an MGM publicist, about one of her studio's films, she dared him to do better. So he sold their home and floral shops, and from 1947 to 1951 worked to produce this film. It opened in New York to a record 34-week run at reserved-seat prices and was on several ten-best movie lists in 1951. McEldowney then returned to real estate and never made another movie.
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Shot in Technicolor, it was necessary to use brighter lights than usual. This also required spending five months in the lab, painting up colors that weren't rich enough.
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One of Martin Scorsese's favorite films
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Rumer Godden based the character of Bogey on her younger sister, Nancy. Nancy's son Richard R. Foster played the part of Bogey in the film
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Jean Renoir originally wanted Marlon Brando to play Captain John.
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John Dall, Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, James Mason, Robert Walker and Sam Wanamaker were all considered for the role of Captain John.
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The newspaper one of the characters is reading features an article (i.e. a photo) of Sri Aurobindo, a spiritual teacher from India who died in 1950.
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For her kiss scene Adrienne Corri reportedly had to do fifty takes in temperatures of 106 degrees.
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Renoir told Adrienne Corri that she had spoiled a take by moving her eyes twice instead of once. She later said that she "had no idea that such a small thing could mean so much".
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