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Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 11 July 1952 (USA)
A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Joseph Conrad (by), William Fairchild (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Willems
Ralph Richardson ... Captain Lingard
Robert Morley ... Almayer
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Almayer
Kerima ... Aissa
George Coulouris ... Babalatchi
Tamine Tamine ... Tamine
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Vinck (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Peter Illing ... Alagappan
Betty Ann Davies ... Mrs. Williams
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Hudig
A.V. Bramble A.V. Bramble ... Badavi
Marne Maitland ... Ships Mate
James Kenney ... Ramsey
Annabel Morley Annabel Morley ... Nina Almayer
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Storyline

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

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Taglines:

UNTAMED! UNASHAMED! MERCILESS! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The two camera operators, Freddie Francis (as Fred Francis) and Ted Moore, went on to be Academy Award winning Directors of Photography. Francis won his Oscars for "Sons and Lovers (1960)" and "Glory (1989)," and Moore for "A Man for All Seasons (1966)." See more »

Goofs

When Aissa confronts Lingard as he searches for Willems, she meets him with a rock in her right hand. The next shot shows her crouching down with her right hand rubbing her abdomen - the rock has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Almayer: [to Peter, regarding Aissa] Are you afraid of what she is and of what you might become?
[Peter looks at her, concerned]
Mrs. Almayer: You do well to be afraid.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. release was cut by seven minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Guy Hamilton: The Director Speaks (2006) See more »

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Powerful, but misses the point of the novel
26 February 2006 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

This exciting film is well-worth watching. It is visually rich, and the acting is consistently surprising, even from such known quantities as George Coulouris and Wilfred Hyde-White. Trevor Howard shows great emotional flexibility, a quality we don't necessarily associate with him, and Robert Morley twinkles a good deal less than usual. Whether Sir Ralph Richardson looks good throwing a punch is something you'll have to decide for yourself.

However, the camera falls in love with picturesque young boys diving into water, which delays, over-ornaments and distracts from Conrad's austere story-telling.

More importantly, two of the female characters, Mrs. Almayer and Mrs. Willems, are turned from native women into transplanted Englishwomen, leaving Aissa the only native girl involved.

This has the effect of turning the movie into a tract on the horrors of miscegenation, when Conrad's novel is clearly focused on Peter Willems' double betrayal of Tom Lingard. Willems' taking up with a native woman is treated by the film as unique, instead of the usual thing in these climes. It is shown as embodying Willems' personal moral decline, which the book would regard as nonsense.

So if you can find the film, by all means watch it and enjoy its many virtues, but the movie has less to do with one of the great novels then it pretends to.

P.S. TCM now has this film in its library!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outcast of the Islands See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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