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Release Date:
13 August 1964 (UK) See more »
Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War. | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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  (in credits order)

William Holden ... Major Ferris

Susannah York ... Candace Trumpey

Capucine ... Dhana Mercier
Tetsurô Tanba ... Ng

Michael Goodliffe ... Trumphey
Allan Cuthbertson ... Cavendish
Sydney Tafler ... Tom, Chief Petty Officer
Maurice Denham ... Tarlton
Beulah Quo ... Ah Ming
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Allen ... CID Agent (uncredited)
Griffiths Alun ... Sedgwick (uncredited)
Kip Bahadun ... Japanese Prisoner (uncredited)
Ibrahim Bin ... Capt. Chey (uncredited)
Tony Cheng ... Waiter (uncredited)
Noel Chow ... Capt. Kiat (uncredited)
Hew Thian Choy ... Lt. Nelson (uncredited)
Yap Mook Fui ... Lim - Ferris' Servant (uncredited)
David Keith ... Aide (uncredited)
R. William Koh ... Gen. Osaki (uncredited)
James Massong ... Malay Engineer (uncredited)
Tony Price ... Morley (uncredited)
Hugh Robinson ... Judge (uncredited)
Seow ... Chinese Unionist (uncredited)
David Weinman ... Tamil Cyclist (uncredited)
George Zakhariah ... Indian Unionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
Writing credits
Michael Keon (novel "The Durian Tree")

Karl Tunberg (screenplay)

Produced by
John Dark .... associate producer
Karl Tunberg .... co-producer
Charles K. Feldman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (photographed by) (as Frederick Young)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin  (as Jose MacAvin)
Makeup Department
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Morris Aza .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Harold Haysom .... second unit director
André Smagghe .... second unit director (as Andre Smagghe)
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... construction
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Red Law .... sound
Terry Sharratt .... sound
John Brommage .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Douglas Webb .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Hylda Gilbert .... costumes
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Riz Ortolani .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main titles
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles
Joan Davis .... continuity (as Joan Davies)
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
John Gilbert .... second unit assistant

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123 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

At the time this movie is set, the late 1940's, Beulah Quo, the American actress who played Ah Ming, was escaping from the communist takeover in China.See more »
Plot holes: Dhana is set up by the Communists who have placed hand grenades in a hollowed out durian fruit. They then place the durian in her bicycle basket and wait for her to pass through a police road inspection. Once cut, durians emit a very foul odor similar to the smell of feces. It is very unlikely Dhana would not have noticed this.See more »
Major Ferris:Wait a minute. Fasten that bra a little. We don't want that to come loose in case somebody blows your head off on the way home.See more »
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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A story worth telling, 11 February 2004
Author: M Perry from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Odd, that I don't recall the word 'communist' being uttered throughout this picture. Anyone notice if it was? It was pretty clear from the references and the red stars the Ng and his guerrillas were communists. This is an entertaining film from a jungle war that has been largely forgotten in the shadow of Vietnam. The British spent 12 years eradicating the elements they called "communist terrorists" before Malaysia became independent. Most of their enemies weren't conveniently

uniformed like Ng's forces, but were more like the grenade-tossing chauffeur. The SAS played a key role in suppressing the communists, and the British pretty much wrote the book on how to deal with these sort of insurgencies, lessons the

Americans too often seem to forget (though they slowly seem to be figuring it out in Iraq and Afghanistan). Saw this movie years ago and liked it, liked it more in a recent viewing, in spite of its flaws. Always liked Holden, have a real soft spot for Susannah York - and Capucine was splendid. Some great cars in this movie, too (and a Gloster Meteor, too, I think). And yes, superbly photographed.

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