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Island in the Sun (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 August 1957 (Ireland)
Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself ... See full summary »

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Maxwell Fleury
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Mavis Norman
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Jocelyn Fleury
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Hilary Carson
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David Boyeur
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Mrs. Fleury
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Colonel Whittingham
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Euan Templeton
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Sylvia Fleury
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Denis Archer
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Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself confused on returning home when his romantic liaison with a white female tends to conflict with his political views. As rumor has it an interracial screen kiss caused quite a commotion in the U.S. when the film was released. The plot is further strengthened by a look at the lives of a white ex-pat family also living on the island. The family has to deal with problems of infidelity, racism and murder. Written by Warren D. Mottley <trident@toj.com>

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The place is the West Indies . . . the sun hides many things.

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Drama | Romance

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2 August 1957 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Heiße Erde  »

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$2,250,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In August 1957, this film was being being shown on a double bill with Monkey on My Back (1957). See more »

Quotes

Mavis Norman: Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?
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Connections

Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

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Island in the Sun
Written by Harry Belafonte and Irving Burgie
Performed by Harry Belafonte
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Worth sitting through the racial tensions to hear Harry Belafonte sing
4 April 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The wealthy whites are the hissable ones once again, lording their money-driven power over the black Caribbean field workers in this timely but talky issue-film. The Barbados locations are just beautiful, and so is Harry Belafonte's buttery voice, crooning Jamaican songs at sunset (his acting isn't bad either, and his relationship with Joan Fontaine is surprisingly chummy--if not especially romantic). The love story sidebars are soapy but not dull, and they give the film what passion it has. The heated racial debates haven't dated, giving the film some relevance, but who needs them? (Certainly not the principal audience targeted for this windswept travelogue). What we really want to see is more of Belafonte. He was at a peak here, and since he didn't get to use his own singing voice in "Carmen Jones", this is a great chance to watch and hear him perform unfettered. **1/2 from ****


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