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Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | | Drama | 15 January 1962 (Sweden)
When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

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Kathy Bostock
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Bostock
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The Man (Arthur Alan Blakey)
Diane Holgate ...
Nan Bostock
Alan Barnes ...
Charles Bostock
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Eddie
Diane Clare ...
Miss Lodge - The Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan ...
Salvation Army Girl
Elsie Wagstaff ...
Auntie Dorothy
John Arnatt ...
Superintendent Teesdale
Hamilton Dyce ...
Reeves - The Vicar
Howard Douglas ...
Weaver - The Vet
Roy Holder ...
Jackie Greenwood
Gerald Sim ...
Detective Wilcox
Ronald Hines ...
P.C. Thurstow
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Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus and try to hide him from grown-ups. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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A Story About Kids...For Everyone! See more »

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15 January 1962 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Le vent garde son secret  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Barnes, Diane Holgate, and Roy Holder all receive "introducing" credits. See more »

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When the children are eating breakfast, the height of Charles's egg changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[final scene: two young latecomers have come to see Jesus but the police have just taken Him away]
Latecomer: Has he gone?
Kathy Bostock: Yes, you missed Him this time, but He'll be coming again.
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Referenced in British Men Behaving Badly: Stag Night (1997) See more »

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We Three Kings
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Words and Music by John H. Hopkins (as Reverend John Henry Hopkins,, Jr.)
Incorporated into incidental music
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Beautiful, nostalgic film
10 December 2004 | by (Southport Lancashire Uk) – See all my reviews

Whistle Down the Wind has remained one of my favourite films ever since I saw it as a young child many years ago when my parents took me to see it when it was originally released. The performances by all the children in the film are charming and Alan Bates excels as the criminal who is mistaken for Jesus. For me, the special aspects of the film are its genuine innocence and the capturing of a much simpler time in England that will never return. I myself was born and grew up in the north in an area similar to the one shown in the film and today, now aged 48, watch the film with great nostalgia and a warm feeling about my carefree life as a child. I also feel sadness that many children in our country today cannot enjoy the freedom to roam and play far and wide as I (and the children in the film) could do at that time. I have never met anyone who didn't enjoy this underrated classic and defy anyone not to be moved by the naturalness of the performances. A marvelous addition to anyone's DVD collection and one that I treasure.


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