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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
Diana Wynyard ...
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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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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27 August 1957 (West Germany)  »

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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Referenced in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) See more »

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The Bohemian Girl
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Music by Michael William Balfe
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Richly entertaining...
1 March 2015 | by (Lake Tahoe) – See all my reviews

Very easy to imagine this happening throughout the world. The setting of the film (island) creates the microcosm that drives the conflicts of the plot, much like Casablanca. The theme of desire throughout the film helps this wonderful cast create characters you can enjoy and understand, their motives quite transparent. The scene with Harry Belafonte (David Boyeur) singing with the fishermen hauling in the nets stands out. John Williams, who is always brilliant in such roles, works his magic to provoke and entrap James Mason's Maxwell Fleury into confessing his murder. Dorothy Dandridge is lovely as Margot, and the subplot of her love affair keeps the hope for happy endings alive in the film. The cinematography helps to develop the exotic yet isolating setting, and the sets do well to set the tone of the lifestyle (luxurious) of the prominent characters who live under the mercy of desire in the human condition. The themes of this film transcend its setting, and I imagine this film to have been quite enlightening to those who viewed it in 1957. Really enjoyed this film, even in its length.


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