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Island in the Sun (1957)

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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 ... 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
Patricia Owens ...
Sylvia Fleury
Basil Sydney ...
Julian Fleury
John Justin ...
Denis Archer
Ronald Squire ...
Governor Templeton
Hartley Power ...
Bradshaw
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Colonel's Secretary
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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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27 August 1957 (West Germany)  »

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Heiße Erde  »

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$2,250,000 (estimated)

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$8,000,000 (USA)
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Joan Fontaine received hundreds of hate letters, containing dimes and quarters, which read, "If you're so hard up that you have to work with a nigger..." They were post-marked from various parts of the country but they seemed to be dictated by one organization, as many of the phrases were the identical. See more »

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Mavis Norman: Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?
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Controversial for the Time! Outdated by Today's Standards!
7 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This all-star cast can't help the weak script here. The cast is stunning with Harry Belafonte and Joan Fontaine together in Pre-Civil Rights era days. The story takes set on a fictional island called Santa Marta where the whites are the wealthy plantation owners like the Fleurys. Joan Collins is fine here. Diana Wynyard is stunning as the matriarch of the family. The film circulates around the whites liked the Fleurys and the blacks on the island. Dorothy Dandridge has a supporting role. Actors like Stephen Boyd and James Mason are also here. The film never really develops or becomes memorable besides the cast. In it's time, it was controversial to see inter-racial relations. Despite the weaknesses, the film is beautifully shot but I don't know the actual location. Still the costumes and art direction are first and the cast is all-star.


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