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Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure | 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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Even her Love was Primitive! UNTAMED! UNASHAMED! MERCILESS! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer and Director Carol Reed originally wanted Stewart Granger to star. 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

Captain Tom Lingard: [addressing Willems] You are a bitter thought. Something without a body that must be hidden. You are my shame!
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Connections

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

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So it's not the Third Man, it's still a great movie
28 March 2000 | by Tom-337See all my reviews

This movie got short shrift critically, because it followed Carol Reed's three greatest films, "Odd Man Out," "The Fallen Idol," and "The Third Man." It's been a while since I saw it, but if you get a chance and you're a fan of Reed's adventurous filmmaking, check it out. A riveting performance by Trevor Howard -- this, plus his performances in 3rd Man and Brief Encounter show an astonishing range. Robert Morley is wonderful as well.

My most memorable moments that still haunt me years after I saw the film: Morley "singing" a lullaby to his daughter ("Schlaf, kindchen, Schlaf") as Howard approaches in the night -- and said daughter calling "Pig!" after Howard's character later in the same scene. The bonfire, and Morley's torture. And Howard spotting Kerima standing in the water among the posts -- beautiful photography.

An unjustly forgotten film. May it play at a repertory theater near you.


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