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27 August 1957 (West Germany) See more »
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The place is the West Indies . . . the sun hides many things.
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Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1950s tale of interracial relationships and racial tensions on a British Caribbean island. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

James Mason ... Maxwell Fleury

Joan Fontaine ... Mavis Norman

Dorothy Dandridge ... Margot Seaton

Joan Collins ... Jocelyn Fleury

Michael Rennie ... Hilary Carson

Harry Belafonte ... David Boyeur
Diana Wynyard ... Mrs. Fleury

John Williams ... Colonel Whittingham

Stephen Boyd ... 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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Barbara Upton ... Colonel's Secretary
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Directed by
Robert Rossen 
 
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Alfred Hayes 
Alec Waugh  novel

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young 
 
Film Editing by
Reginald Beck 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir 
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John de Cuir)
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
David Ffolkes 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
Douglas Twiddy .... second assistant director
Michael Birkett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Hickey .... sound
J.B. Smith .... sound
Gerry Turner .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Walker .... camera operator
 
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Bert Bates .... additional editing (uncredited)
 
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Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
 
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Maggie Unsworth .... script supervisor (as Margaret Sibley)
 

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119 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Australia:X | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) (video rating) (1998) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15
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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?See more »
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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
1950s tale of interracial relationships and racial tensions on a British Caribbean island., 30 April 2005
Author: oneflighthoop from United States

This was a very unique movie for Hollywood in the 1950s because it explored interracial relationships from both a political as well as romantic perspective. No doubt, it made audiences extremely uncomfortable.

The cast is very strong (with Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Fontaine, John Williams and James Mason--who never disappoints,) and the storyline both intriguing and unpredictable. Harry Belafonte portrays a proud, outspoken labor leader who fights racial injustice on a British Caribbean island, but this is only a secondary plot line. The "forbidden fruit" of interracial relationships is explored from several different perspectives giving this movie an important place in the history of American Cinema. Although racism and class-ism are common elements, the characters are empathetically portrayed. This movie was released in Jim Crow America and, younger viewers may not fully appreciate its' unique portrayal of Blacks in non-subservient roles. Blacks were typically cast as inarticulate maids and butlers, but Dorothy Dandridge (nominated as Best Actress for Carmen Jones in 1954) and Harry Belafonte (a top ten pop singer) were particularly stunning and sophisticated, an anomaly for Black actors in films roles at the time. Nevertheless, Belafonte's acting is often stilted, revealing that this was an early role while Dandridge's character lacks depth--though her acting superb, given that she has been given so little with which to work.

An important side note is that Harry Belafonte was a top-selling West Indian Calyso singer (Day-0-The Banana Boat Song) at the time that this movie was released and performed the title song. In addition to making a strong political statement about the need for racial justice--via his character in this film--he also was a high-profile figure within the Civil Rights Movement, marching with the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King.

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