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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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Island in the Sun was an uneven social/political drama from producer Darryl F. Zanuck 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Upton ... Colonel's Secretary

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 
 
Makeup Department
David Aylott .... makeup artist
 
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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (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 Diana Wynyard.See more »
Quotes:
Mavis Norman:Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?See more »
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Featured in Sing Your Song (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mama Look a Boo BooSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Island in the Sun was an uneven social/political drama from producer Darryl F. Zanuck, 29 May 2010
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Because this movie was made at a time when there was still a Hays Code and that much of America was segregated, you won't get much passion out of the interracial teamings of either Dorothy Dandridge/John Justin (though there's some close embraces) nor Harry Belafonte/Joan Fontaine (he's too intense, she's too reserved). Also, the romance between Joan Collins and Stephan Boyd isn't much to write about either (though they do share a kiss). Anyway, this is mainly about James Mason's plantation character and his debates with Belafonte's labor leader character, his jealousy of his wife's (Patricia Owens) supposed affair with a counsel diplomat (Michael Rennie), and his and sister Collins' reaction to a family secret revealed from a reporter and confirmed by their parents (Diana Wynyard and Basil Sydney). Along the way, there's an officer (John Williams) cracking a murder case...With what I just mentioned, there should have been some fireworks but-other than some exciting close calls staged by director Robert Rossen-it's mostly dull with droning dialogue provided by Alfred Hayes as adapted from Alec Waugh's novel. Still, there are a couple of good songs written and performed by Belafonte and a nice dance by Dandridge and also a compelling confrontation between Mason and Belafonte at a speech rally. So on that note, Island in the Sun is at the least worth a look. P.S. The DVD has excellent commentary by historian John Stanley.

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