17 user 3 critic

SOS Pacific (1959)

Due to an accident, a seaplane operated by a small airline company ditches off an island in the Pacific and the surviving passengers must find a way to be rescued.


Guy Green


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




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}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Shattering suspense ! Explosive drama !


See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The location shoot was reported to be very happy. Pier Angeli was relieved to be away from press attention following her divorce from Vic Damone, and was often taken out to dinner by Director Guy Green and Sir Richard Attenborough, always insisting her other female co-stars join them too. On the strength of the friendship, Green and Attenborough cast her in The Angry Silence (1960). See more »


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


Jack Bennett: Let's have the plot of that hurricane. They really cover themselves always. When in doubt, draw a large circle. Something funny about getting a warning such as this. Wasn't anyone taking about hurricanes this morning.
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 »


Referenced in 'Round Midnight (1986) See more »

User Reviews

Great Unknown Suspense Story
25 April 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

A plane full of people encounters trouble in flight and is forced down in the Pacific. Thankfully they are near an island or not, since the island is due to have an atom bomb test go off in a very short time and they have no way of letting anyone know that they are there.

It may sound corny and contrived but this film just works from start to finish. Once the film is underway you just are happy to have a film this involving to drag you along for the 90 minutes that this film takes to get to the conclusion.Why this film isn't better known is mystery since it has everything that a mystery should in spades and then some.

The cast is great, including Richard Attenborough who plays one of the screens great slime balls.Eddie Constantine makes great hero and makes you wonder why he never became a bigger star here in the United States.

Search this film out, you will enjoy it.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

14 October 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Pacific See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (colorized)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed