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Sapphire (1959)

The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Janet Green (original screenplay), Lukas Heller (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nigel Patrick ... Hazard
Yvonne Mitchell ... Mildred
Michael Craig ... Learoyd
Paul Massie Paul Massie ... David
Bernard Miles ... Mr. Harris
Olga Lindo Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Harris
Earl Cameron ... Dr. Robbins
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton Jocelyn Britton ... Patsy
Harry Baird ... Johnnie Fiddle
Orlando Martins ... Barman
Rupert Davies ... Ferris
Freda Bamford ... Sgt. Cook
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Horace Big Cigar
Yvonne Buckingham Yvonne Buckingham ... Sapphire
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Storyline

In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white, is murdered. As two detectives start to investigate, and discover her racial origins were much more mixed, public prejudices and those of the officers themselves are exposed. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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"Lily-Skin" They called her...the girl who stormed across the line leaving a trail of red, red blood! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safira See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Dirk Bogarde was asked to play Learoyd. See more »

Quotes

Sapphire's Landlady: You took Sapphire home to Guildford didn't you?
Patsy: Yes.
Sapphire's Landlady: Did you tell your father and mother she was coloured?
PatsySapphire's Landlady: No.
Sapphire's Landlady: Well then, don't be so quick to call *me* prejudiced.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood U.K.: A Very British Picture (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Sapphire
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Sonny Miller
Sung by Jimmy Lloyd (I)'
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A really intense experience.
30 November 2001 | by Peter22060See all my reviews

The real problem with television broadcasting is that the better movies of the last century are held from the viewers. SAPPHIRE could be shown as a double bill with AN INSPECTOR CALLS. There are not enough movie buffs to push some of these classics so that they can be shown to today's audiences ..which would really appreciate them.


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