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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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  (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:R | 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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The film was made and released about thirteen years after its source novel "Gogo no Eiko" by Yukio Mishima had been first published in 1963. The book was first translated into English by John Nathan about two years later in 1965 - around eleven years before this film.See more »
Movie Connections:
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Better film than reviewers give credit, 14 March 2007
Author: J B from United States

The film can be faulted for at least appearing to give too much to the mother/sailor side of the conflict, an appealingly sexy but eventually unconvincing romantic fantasy. The boy Chief is the other distracting trap for the viewer - he's the embryo of a crypto-scientific nerd who has less in common with Nietzsche than with a certain type of sclerotic, egotistical academic you'll find slowly going berserk at a second rate college.

Importantly, the Chief doesn't quite "get it" about his underrated disciple Jonathan and the Sailor. Jonathan is, or should be, the focus of the film because he is a more interestingly conflicted, assertive, and intellectually cogent character than any of the others - he is the Mishima surrogate, who tries to reconcile and meld the Chief's perfectionism with the sailor's fictional attraction. That requires canceling out the unacceptably artless "return" of the sailor, which is the "fall from grace." Restoring aesthetic grace to the Sailor is the shocking concluding project. Keep your mind's eye on Jonathan - even while heeding the siren calls of competing sex and death.

The casting is very good. Miles has the dreamy look and self-deluding spunk of a romance novel heroine. Kristofferson always plays "himself" and in this film his noble antique head, wooden cowboy self-assurance, and gravel-voiced platitudes work perfectly to attract susceptible but discerning Jonathan in the first go around and disgust him in the second. The young actor Jonathan was a real find - able to play the submissive but also a live spark when called upon - his is the subtlest but most important role in the film.

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