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Sapphire (1959)

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In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white, is murdered. As two detectives start to investigate, and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nigel Patrick ...
Superintendent Robert Hazard
Michael Craig ...
Inspector Phil Learoyd
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Mildred
Paul Massie ...
David Harris
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Ted Harris
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Harris
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Dr. Robbins
Gordon Heath ...
Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton ...
Patsy
Harry Baird ...
Johnnie Fiddle
Orlando Martins ...
Barman
Rupert Davies ...
Jack Ferris
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Sapphire Robbins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adams ...
Horace Big Cigar
Freda Bamford ...
Sgt. Cook
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In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white, is murdered. As two detectives start to investigate, and discover her racial origins were much more mixed, public prejudices and those of the officers themselves are exposed. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The sensational story of a girl who didn't belong. See more »


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2 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A gyűlölet áldozata  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Dirk Bogarde was asked to play Learoyd. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robbins: There's no assurance for me and my kind, Superintendent. I've been black for 38 years, I know. She may have looked white, but Sapphire was colored.
Superintendent Robert Hazard: Your sister was murdered. We'll find out who killed her.
Dr. Robbins: I'm sure that is your intention.
Superintendent Robert Hazard: It is my intention. It's also my job.
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Sapphire
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Sonny Miller
Sung by Jimmy Lloyd
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serious race issues discussed honestly

I was amazed by the shocking brutality of the racism in this film. In America, we are rarely presented with such casual racism; in films of the 50s, race is practically never dealt with in films, as Todd Haynes "remake" of Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows tries to make up for. And current films about the 50s present such two dimensional characters that it is easy to tell the racist villains from the open-minded heroes. In Sapphire, filmed in Britain in the 1950s, one of the most interesting characters is Michael Craig's detective, supposedly our hero, but constantly making racist remarks. His comments are always countered by the more reasonable older inspector, but this allows his gradual transformation throughout the film. Although some of the film is a bit heavy-handed, ultimately the message is sadly still relevant. 4 out of 5.


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