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Director:
Writers:
Michael Keon (novel)
Karl Tunberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 August 1964 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A STRANGE LAND SLEEPS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN - SO STILL...SO MYSTERIOUS...SO UNTOUCHED- UNTIL THE FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN AWAKENS THE PASSIONS OF MEN AND THE FURIES OF WAR!
Plot:
Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
DVD Playhouse--March 2011
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 1 March 2011, 12:01 AM, PST)

British Actress Susannah York Dead At 72
 (From CinemaRetro. 15 January 2011, 6:07 PM, PST)

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: "La Dolce Vita" (1960)
 (From FilmExperience. 14 October 2010, 9:20 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Something special here.......... See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
Joan Davis .... continuity (as Joan Davies)
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
John Gilbert .... second unit assistant
 

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

Trivia:
The actor who plays the Japanese commander at the surrender ceremony was R. William Koh, a Chinese businessman who was a member of the Malayan Peoples' Anti-Japanese Army during WWII.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The communist red star insignia on the epaulets of Ng's uniform change size during his escape from Commonwealth troops.See more »
Quotes:
Ng:Even magic cannot protect you against stupidity.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Seventh DawnSee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Something special here.........., 7 August 2007
Author: panamint from United States

There is a haunting, lost quality to this film that is really special. The mysterious jungles, ethereal sunrises, lost colonial world are all woven together beautifully.

The life-enhancing youth of Susanna York, and exotic Capucine at the peak of her career converge at just the right moment in time to play off of the wasted, weary Holden (though still an effective acting presence). Few viewers at the time realized that the famous globe-trotting Holden was perfectly suited to this role as an aging man who accumulates wealth but realizes that he has thrown away all his opportunities for success in a personal life. Now we know that age and mistakes were catching up with Holden himself, just like the character he portrays here.

Expensively made, fine cinematography, beautiful but haunting musical score written at the perfect time.

Sincere acting conveys the simplistic ideals believed by everyone in those days (The British, the Communist leader Ng, the naive Americans). Simplistic thought by so many people who did not realize that the world was becoming very complicated. The USA that very year on the brink of massive effort and tragedy in Vietnam. The early 1960's with so many nations on the cusp of independence as colonialism was literally dying as this film was being made.

Viewers in 1964 were still expecting movie-star Holden and happy endings. Instead, Holden gave them the truth here and they couldn't handle it. So, this movie was long forgotten, only shown a few times over the years in various chopped-up prints, and achieved obscurity. We are lucky that a full-length version was preserved. This kind of independent-minded, carefully photographed, rare unique movie is seldom encountered and should be treasured, despite how uneven or flawed it may be.

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