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SOS Pacific (1959)

A flying boat has to ditch off an island in the Pacific. Along with the injured owner-pilot, the passengers include a policeman and his smuggler prisoner, a slimey limey witness against him... See full summary »


Guy Green


Robert Westerby (screenplay), Gilbert Thomas (based on a story by) (as Gilbert Travers Thomas) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... Whitey Mullen
Pier Angeli ... Teresa
John Gregson ... Jack Bennett
Eva Bartok ... Maria
Eddie Constantine ... Mark Reisner
Jean Anderson ... Miss Shaw
Cec Linder ... Willy
Clifford Evans ... Petersen
Gunnar Möller ... Krauss
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Monk (as Harold Kaskett)
Andrew Faulds ... Sea Captain
Cyril Shaps ... Louis
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Alberto


A flying boat has to ditch off an island in the Pacific. Along with the injured owner-pilot, the passengers include a policeman and his smuggler prisoner, a slimey limey witness against him, a physicist, and a globe-hopping good-time girl. On the island they find a fleet of derelict ships, farm animals tethered, and cameras in a lead-lined bunker and a stark realization soon dawns. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

14 October 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Pacific See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (colorized)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1960, Universal Pictures distributed this movie on a double bill with Dinosaurus! (1960). See more »


When the plane is dropping height, you can see the propellers are not turning. See more »

Alternate Versions

A computer colorized version, albeit of not so great color representation, has been aired on TalkingPictures TV in the UK on 28 April 2016. See more »


Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

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Enjoyable twisty-turny adventure story
29 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SOS PACIFIC is a relatively low budget adventure film that takes place in the Pacific but was actually filmed in the Canary Islands. After a rather lengthy and complex set up, the viewer is introduced to a disparate group of characters whose light aircraft ditches in the sea leaving them in a battle for survival against the odds.

This is a film that's enlivened by a decent cast and an anything-goes plot which keeps twisting and turning all over the place. At first it feels like your usual crime thriller with smugglers, cops, and traitors thrown into the mix, and then it becomes your typical disaster film with survivors of a plane crash coming together. The final plot I won't spoil, but I wasn't expecting it and it's handled very well with a maximum of tension.

The film's protagonist is none other than the likable Eddie Constantine (The Long Good Friday), immensely charismatic throughout. Richard Attenborough has a really delicious part as a small-time crook and low life and he runs away with the mannerisms of his character. Pier Angeli and Eva Bartok supply the glamour, John Gregson is the pilot, and Hammer actor Clifford Evans the detective. None of them put a foot wrong. Director Guy Green had an interesting run of films ranging from the Hammer thriller THE SNORKEL to the Attenborough classic THE ANGRY SILENCE, and this is certainly a feather in his cap. The copy I saw on the Talking Pictures TV channel was badly colourised, and I think the black and white version would have been more effective.

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