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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 »

Genres:

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 is loosely based on the film. 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

Charlie Bostock: Good night, Gentle Jesus. Sleep well.
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Connections

References Wagon Train (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

We Three Kings
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Words and Music by John H. Hopkins (as Reverend John Henry Hopkins,, Jr.)
Incorporated into incidental music
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Don't forget the supporting roles!
31 July 2005 | by grbancroftSee all my reviews

I have enjoyed reading the comments on this truly marvelous film. Its main appeal is that it has a timeless nature – which explains why so many visitors to this site have only discovered it comparatively recently.

Its primary characteristic is indeed an omnipresent nostalgia, present even on its release . Many who saw it (including myself) when it came out in 1961 were struck by this. I think the major reinforcer of this quality is Malcolm Arnold's hauntingly melodious music – which manages to be both wistfully operatic and deftly atmospheric. Surely this composer is one of those who have managed to capture popular sentiment and combine it with admirable developmental structure.

As for the performances, they are extremely inspired. And I have nothing to add. No one has yet mentioned, however, the superb vignettes such as 'Auntie' with her aversion to port wine 'not since VE day'. These stem, in turn, from the brilliant script by Waterhouse and Hall, and illustrate the way that their TV assignments were overflowing into conventional cinema to great comic effect. Indeed, the references to popular TV shows in their script for this film is a measure of the importance of the box in sociological history .

All in all, a landmark film that has succeeded in touching the lives of many people in its modest and profound way.

Definitely one that should be seen and seen again in the 21st century!


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