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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea -- After his father dies;a disturbed young boy plots to take revenge on the new man in his mother's life.


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Yukio Mishima (novel)
Lewis John Carlino (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
5 April 1976 (UK) See more »
He gave his soul to the sea and his heart to a woman. Their love will arouse you. The story will disturb you. The ending will startle you.
After his father dies, a disturbed young boy plots to take revenge on the new man in his mother's life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more »
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Fine adaptation See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sarah Miles ... Anne Osborne

Kris Kristofferson ... Jim Cameron
Jonathan Kahn ... Jonathan Osborne
Margo Cunningham ... Elizabeth Palmer
Earl Rhodes ... Chief
Paul Tropea ... Number Two
Gary Lock ... Number Four
Stephen Black ... Number Five
Peter Clapham ... Richard Pettit
Jennifer Tolman ... Mary Ingram

Directed by
Lewis John Carlino 
Writing credits
Yukio Mishima (novel "Gogo no eiko")

Lewis John Carlino (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Kikumaru Okuda .... producer: Nippon Herald (as Kikamaru Okuda)
Martin Poll .... producer
David White .... associate producer
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel  (as John Mandel)
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Joyce Selznick 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
Art Direction by
Brian Ackland-Snow 
Costume Design by
Lee Poll 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hugh Harlow .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Gavigan .... second assistant director
Anthony Waye .... first assistant director
Peter Waller .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Roy Cannon .... property master
Lee Poll .... set dresser
Ken Softley .... construction manager
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer
John Stevenson .... boom operator (as John Stephenson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Attwood .... still photographer
Robin Vidgeon .... focus puller
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Peter Clarson .... lighting technician: UK (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... second unit camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Brian Mann .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kris Kristofferson .... composer: "Sea Dream Theme"
Other crew
Marilyn Clarke .... production assistant
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Arnold Gefsky .... general partner: Sailor Company (as H. Arnold Gefsky)
Michael Peacock .... accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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First English language filmed adaptation of a novel by Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fine adaptation, 12 June 2011
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A nice coincidence: I just started this novel, by Yukio Mishima, and this film, which I didn't even know existed, popped up on Netflix Instant. I finished the novel and started the movie about one minute later. First off, the novel: excellent. I think it really captures, in a horrifying way, what it was like to be a kid who thinks he's so much smarter than all the adults in his life. It's very insightful, tightly plotted (only 180 pages), and has brilliant but simple characterizations. The film: it's a fine adaptation. The location is transported from Yokohama, Japan to a small, coastal town in England south of London. Sarah Miles plays a young widow with a 13 year-old son (Jonathan Kahn). Kahn is a precocious boy who pals around with a gang of five other too-smart-for-their-age kids. They refer to each other by rank. The lead boy, known as the chief (Earl Rhodes), is a ferocious leader who believes human morality is a ridiculous concept. Basically, he has a very fascist philosophy and believes himself, and his five underlings (Kahn is #2 of the five), to be of a superior ilk than everyone around them. Kris Kristofferson plays the titular sailor who begins a romantic relationship with the very lonely Miles. While Kahn is excited at first to know this sailor (he is himself fascinated by the sea), when he realizes that he's intent on entering the family, he feels threatened. Kahn and his buddies then form a plot to get rid of Kristofferson. The major criticism that most seem to have of the film is that it doesn't explicate the children enough. I'm not sure that it's true. Perhaps I understand them better because I had just finished the novel (where there is a bit more of an explanation), but I think that people reading the novel may be just as perplexed by these kids' attitudes as they are when watching the movie. Perhaps a lot of people didn't have that philosophy when they were that age. More power to them, because it's very ugly, but I think it's very common. The one big complaint that I have with the film is a technical gripe: the sound is awful. I don't think it's just the video I watched, either. Much of the time, characters speak in an audible volume. But just as often they speak so softly that you can't hear them at all. Even after I turned off my air conditioner, I could just barely hear what was being said. The cinematography is very beautiful, as is the score (by Douglas Slocombe and Johnny Mandel respectively).

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