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Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure | 11 July 1952 (USA)
A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Peter Willems
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Elmer Almayer
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Mrs. Almayer
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Vinck (as Wilfred Hyde White)
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A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

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Quite controversial in its day for its depiction of a bi-racial romance. American censors in particular had great difficulty with this aspect of the film. Ironically, this turned out to be pure invention on the part of the film-makers. Although Kerima, who plays Aissa, appears exotic, she is in reality, French, and not part-Algerian as the film's publicity would have had people believe. See more »

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When Aissa confronts Lingard as he searches for Willems, she meets him with a rock in her right hand. The next shot shows her crouching down with her right hand rubbing her abdomen - the rock has vanished. See more »

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Captain Tom Lingard: [addressing Willems] You are a bitter thought. Something without a body that must be hidden. You are my shame!
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OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS (Carol Reed, 1951) ***1/2
1 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Although he made a handful of worthwhile films before them and won a competitive Oscar much later, Carol Reed is still most admired for his immediate post-WWII work: ODD MAN OUT (1947), THE FALLEN IDOL (1948), THE THIRD MAN (1949) – all of them BAFTA winners – and the movie under review. The latter is the least-seen and least-regarded of the lot (perhaps because there are very few sympathetic characters in it!) but emerges a remarkable achievement nevertheless, with the director's sure hand more than evident in several striking sequences throughout. It features a great cast, all of whom deliver splendid performances: Trevor Howard (second-billed but clearly the protagonist here), Ralph Richardson, Robert Morley, Wendy Hiller, George Coulouris (as an English-speaking native!), Wilfrid Hyde-White and Frederick Valk.

While the Far East atmosphere is undeniably vivid and captivating (and John Wilcox's cinematography suitably gleaming), this never draws attention away from the complex character study at the center of Joseph Conrad's typically sea-based and compelling plot line (which works its way up to an abrupt yet memorable ending) about a rogue trader driven mad by lust for a native girl (the silent Kerima) and delusions of grandeur a' la Kurtz in the same author's "Heart Of Darkness". For the record, OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS was also a BAFTA nominee, was apparently shorn of 8 minutes for U.S. TV screenings and is featured in cult American film-maker Monte Hellman's All-Time Top 10 list, apart from being championed by eminent movie critics like Pauline Kael and David Thomson!


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