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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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Credited cast:
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Upton ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Heiße Erde  »

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Budget:

$2,250,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,000,000 (USA)
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Final film of Hartley Power. See more »

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Mavis Norman: Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?
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References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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I have never forgotten this movie!
20 January 2009 | by (Minot North Dakota) – See all my reviews

This came out when I was 9 and my cousin and I saw it at a theater 7 times! It was the first time I gave any attention to an adult movie! I have seen it a few times over the last many years and It still is provocative to me. When I was 9 I did not fully understand the interracial thing, and I was brought up to ignore color. What I remember was imagining what happened when the film faded out at the height of intense moments. What me imagine happening is far worse than anything they could ever show on film. that fact that it was shot in a beautiful location was not lost on my 9 year old mind and for years dreamed of living in a beautiful island paradise. The music ie: title song I learned every word! Unlike others who saw this 30 years later and through adult eyes with agendas of their own, I lived the editing, the acting and the photography. I sometimes think people expect to much out of a movie. It is after all, just entertainment! Watch this movie, without preconceived notions of script, editing, story etc, enjoy it!


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