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Release Date:
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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(16 articles)
Joan Fontaine obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 16 December 2013, 9:16 AM, PST)

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine dead
 (From RealBollywood. 16 December 2013, 12:49 AM, PST)

Joan Fontaine, Best Actress Oscar Winner For '.Suspicion,'. Dies At 96
 (From Uinterview. 15 December 2013, 9:00 PM, PST)

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Worth sitting through the racial tensions to hear Harry Belafonte sing See more (26 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Upton ... Colonel's Secretary
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Directed by
Robert Rossen 
 
Writing credits
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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
 
Editorial Department
Bert Bates .... additional editing (uncredited)
 
Music Department
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)
Certification:
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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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 »
Quotes:
Mavis Norman:Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?See more »
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References The Red Shoes (1948)See more »
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The British GrenadiersSee more »

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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Worth sitting through the racial tensions to hear Harry Belafonte sing, 4 April 2002
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

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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