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Michael Keon (novel)
Karl Tunberg (screenplay)
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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?

The aircraft the paratroopers jump from is a Blackburn B-101 Beverley transport. (Not in use by the RAF until 1957, four years after the movie is set.)See more »
Continuity: During the battle scene, Ferris spots Ng and Candace running away in the distance through his binoculars. They drop to the ground with their backs toward him as a mortar explodes. Then Ferris looks again in a completely different direction to his right and the pair suddenly appear much closer, facing toward him as they get up.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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
unheralded sleeper, 30 March 2005
Author: sljones44 from United States

I agree with most posts. I think this was an underrated film, surprisingly hard to find. It was quite critical of the British elements of counter terrorism. It seemed a little simplistic, but it told a story not usually found in most movies. I think that it was a good, balanced viewpoint of colonialism, terrorism as well as romance. This would be an intriguing remake, if today's times were a little different. Today's culture is far into the anti-terrorist mode to understand the psychology of insurgency. Vietnam was much more complex, with the S.Vietnamese bureaucracy betraying themselves and China masterminding the NVA for its own purposes. William Holden played the naive, if somewhat self-important voice of reason. He played the angle from his side, and was critical of the British viewpoint. The "loyalty" aspect was quite intriguing and prevalent throughout most of the film, and he distinguished that element again in the Wild Bunch. This was a pretty good movie.

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