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North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 20 November 1959 (Ireland)
In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast

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Catherine Wyatt
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Van Leyden
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Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Lady Windham
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Sir John Windham
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Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross ...
Basil Hoskins ...
A.D.C.
S.M. Asgaralli ...
Havildar - 1st. Indian Soldier
Sam Chowdhary ...
2nd. Indian Soldier (as S.S. Chowdhary)
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Brittish Correspondent
Lionel Murton ...
American Correspondent
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Storyline

In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain Scott of the British Army is ordered to get the prince out of the region safely. Adventure ensues as Scott sneaks the child away, through Moslem-held territory, by train. Also on board are the boy's American governess, an arms merchant, a cynical reporter, and two upper class Britons. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Two people trapped by fate. In a country with no destiny.

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Adventure | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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20 November 1959 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Flame Over India  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The famous viaduct sequence in the movie was shot at Hacho Bridge which is situated between Guadahortuna and Alamedilla in Andalucía, Spain. See more »

Goofs

In one shot near the end of the film, whilst the insurgents are attacking the train, the shadow of the camera helicopter is clearly visible on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Captain Scott: "Be thankful you're living and trust your luck, march to your front like a soldier."
Catherine Wyatt: Who said that?
Captain Scott: Man called Kipling. Another tea-drinker.
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Crazy Credits

The American release, entitled "Flame Over India", gives Lauren Bacall top billing. The British release, which is entitled "North West Frontier" and is the one on DVD, gives Kenneth More, a popular star in England, top billing. See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Sung by Kenneth More and heard as a theme
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One of my all-time favorite movies
2 December 2004 | by (not stated) – See all my reviews

The movie opens in a way Hollywood could never do, just more dramatic and colourful than Hollywood does. This movie gave more back than I expected. It is a breathtaking, breathholding, exciting little movie. You feel like you are really there in India, on the rickety old train. I love that they used old machinery instead of making it unrealistic the way Hollywood might.

I was not expecting much from Lauren Bacall but she also gave back more than was required. Her scenes with the young Indian boy are touching. She obviously has a way with children in real life as well. The song Swing, Swing Together could make me weep, it's so wonderful. The movie is not well known but so well done. It's just a very well done one that everyone can enjoy. There are some questionable characters on the train, you are left wondering why this one is so twitchy, what is that one's secret?


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