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Pacific Destiny (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 January 1959 (Portugal)
Life is strange and worrying for a cadet who arrives in the Pacific in the colonial service. And the testy resident commissioner, who had been expecting an experienced man, soon shows his disapproval.

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Wolf Rilla

Writers:

Richard Mason (screenplay), Jack Lee (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... Arthur Grimble
Susan Stephen ... Olivia Grimble
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Uncle
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ... Uncle
Clifford Buckton Clifford Buckton ... Uncle
Michael Hordern ... Resident Commissioner
Gordon Jackson ... District Officer
Inia Te Wiata Inia Te Wiata ... Tauvela
Henrietta Godinet Henrietta Godinet ... Lama his wife
Ollie Crichton Ollie Crichton ... Taloa his son
Hans Kruse Hans Kruse ... Kitiona his son
Moira Walker Moira Walker ... Voice-of-the-Tide his daughter (as Moira Macdonald)
Rosie Leavasa Rosie Leavasa ... Sea-Wind his daughter
Sani Sani ... King's-Bundle-of-Mats his daughter
Fiti Fiti ... Grandmother
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Life is strange and worrying for a cadet who arrives in the Pacific in the colonial service. And the testy resident commissioner, who had been expecting an experienced man, soon shows his disapproval.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1959 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino ao Pacífico See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolour)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Movie filmed in Western Samoa but based in the Gilbert Islands. See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne and lyrics by James Thomson
Sung by the island children
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A slice of colonial life
16 March 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

There seem to have been a plethora of films set in the South Seas during the 1950s.Possibly to relieve audiences of the gloom they felt in austerity Britain.Also this would be the last decade when audiences were unable to visit these locations themselves.This film revolves around a young colonial officer and his wife in a south Pacific colony.Rather strange timing for the film when Britain was getting rid of its colonies at a rate of knots.Denham Elliott plays the young officer who is not quite what District Commissioner had expected.Elliott goes with his wife to a remote island.He decides that he will meet every challenge head on.This includes being tattooed and helping to catch a rogue shark.At times it reminds one of Sanders Of The River it is that old fashioned.Beautiful scenery but story is out dated.


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