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Writers:
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Release Date:
4 June 1965 (West Germany) See more »
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Piracy and High Adventure on the High Seas!
Plot:
The parents of children living in Jamaica, afraid that the kids are growing up uncivilized, decide to send them to England... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A sadly overlooked gem See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Alexander Mackendrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Mann (screenplay) &
Ronald Harwood (screenplay) &
Denis Cannan (screenplay) (as Dennis Cannan)

Richard Hughes (novel)

Produced by
John Croydon .... producer
Clifford Parkes .... associate producer
Tom Pevsner .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Larry Adler 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
 
Film Editing by
Derek York 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
John Howell (supervising art director)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
Daphne Martin .... hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Brennan .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
H.L. Bird .... sound recordist
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist
Matt McCarthy .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Brian Hickin .... foley editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joe Powell .... stunt double: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator: second unit
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John McCorry .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Mike LeRoy .... singer
Christopher Logue .... lyricist
Philip Martell .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bryan Coates .... location manager
Helen Whitson .... continuity
Barbara Allen .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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103 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #20540)

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According to an article written by Hedda Hopper in The Los Angeles Times (July 7, 1961), producer Jerry Wald had signed John Mills and his daughter Hayley Mills for this movie. Wald died in July 1962 and the project did not materialized.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: The hurricane at the beginning of the film is rather clearly created with a combination of wind machines and water sprayed onto the set. Despite the torrential downpour there is sun-dappling beneath the tree where Emily is looking for her cat, and blue sky and puffy white clouds are visible in the distance behind her and her father.See more »
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A sadly overlooked gem, 3 July 2001
Author: eunicem (eunicem@netzero.com) from Lake Helen, Florida

One can only be thankful that Disney did not get hold of Richard Hughes' novel. The saccharine sweetness would have made one gag. The only disappointment that I had with the film was that it did not follow the book. Otherwise, this was a superb film in its own right. Anthony Quinn proved that he could play other characters than Zorba, an often overlooked fact.

The children were so prim and Victorian "proper" that their conflict with the pirates. or privateers, as they preferred to call themselves, was at time hilarious. My favorite scenes were when the children, who were on the ship for months without any means of amusing themselves other than their own devices, spooked the crew with various innocent or mischievous plays, such as pretending to do a burial at sea, and turning around the head of the ships figurehead so that it faced backwards. The superstitious sailors were terrified by what was really childish mischievous fun.

When the ship put into Tampico, where the Captain hoped to leave them behined with the local Madame, played by Lila Kedrova who seemed to have taken acting lessons from Carmen Miranda, the children were spruced up and returned to their clean clothes and with their hair combed. As the crew member doing the grooming explained: "the Captain wants you to look your best for the ladies". "What ladies?" asked the children. Under his breath the seaman muttered "You'll find out." Of course, the local ladies were the ladies of ill repute in a Godforsaken part of the Carribean where anything goes and the law would never set foot.

The beauty of the film is that it rises above the mawkish semtimentally that it could have fallen into. The Captain, Chavez, takes to the young girl, Emily, who is as feisty as they come, and she and the other children take to him. A Victorian version of the Stockholm syndrome where the captives idenity with their captors.

The story is a tragedy, as the pirates who after all, were simply making a living in the only way they knew. It wasn't even a profitable living, just a traditional, but dying, occupation. Suddenly they were stuck with some ill-disciplined little English children travelling to England to be paced in English boarding schools and "civilised", and neither side really understood the other. It was the misunderstanding that caused the problems and led to the final tragedy.

I would recommend this film to people who like to think and ponder over what is right and what is wrong, and from what perspective do we view right and wrong.

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