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Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 6 August 1961 (UK)
When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Mary Hayley Bell (original novel), Keith Waterhouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Lee ... Bostock
Alan Bates ... The Man
Norman Bird ... Eddie
Diane Clare ... Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan Patricia Heneghan ... Salvation Army Girl
John Arnatt ... Superintendent Teesdale
Elsie Wagstaff ... Auntie Dorothy
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... The Vicar
Howard Douglas ... The Vet
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... P.C. Thurstow
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Detective
Michael Lees ... 1st Civil Defence Worker
Michael Raghan Michael Raghan ... 2nd Civil Defence Worker
May Barton May Barton ... Villager
Hayley Mills ... Kathy
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Storyline

Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus, and try to hide him from grown-ups. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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A Story About Kids...For Everyone! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vent garde son secret See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Stranger In Town" by Toto was loosely based on this movie. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, but especially when the children are in the barn discussing a name for the cats, the youngest boy can be seen mouthing the other characters lines before he says his own. See more »

Quotes

The Man: Why are you helping me?
Kathy Bostock: Because we love you.
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Soundtracks

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus' (uncredited)
Words by Joseph M. Scriven (as Joseph Scriven)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse (as Charles Converse)
Performed by Salvation Army band
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Under-rated classic British movie of the sixties
29 September 2003 | by jackie-107See all my reviews

Hayley Mills excels in this understated, underrated movie juxtaposing the sordid criminal world (Alan Bates as a murderer on the run) with the innocence of children. Cleverly designed, perfectly acted (by all the children as well as the adults), pithily appropriate screenplay, believable accents (the setting is the Yorkshire moors in England), and a well-balanced, carefully planned production all combine to produce a mesmerising gem of a film. Already a star, Hayley Mills proved she was not just a pretty face and built on her impressive performance in Tiger Bay to create a moving character of budding adolescence, still trapped in childhood innocence and belief. The period of the early sixties is neatly conveyed, and Hayley Mills as Cathy creates a metaphor for the deeper layer of the film's message of the increasing social awareness and diminishing religious belief (despite the traditional Sunday School attitudes and practices) which was gradually bringing about the social change of Britain in the sixties. The story is well told, the drama is dynamic, the actors do a marvellous job and the film certainly deserves to be better known, if not least because it's an early example of Richard Attenborough's production skills.


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