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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.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bostock
... The Man
... Eddie
... Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan ... Salvation Army Girl
... Superintendent Teesdale
Elsie Wagstaff ... Auntie Dorothy
Hamilton Dyce ... The Vicar
... The Vet
Ronald Hines ... P.C. Thurstow
Gerald Sim ... Detective
... 1st Civil Defence Worker
Michael Raghan ... 2nd Civil Defence Worker
May Barton ... Villager
... Kathy
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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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That "Parent Trap" Girl in Her Latest and Greatest See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Le vent garde son secret  »

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The original story was written by Hayley Mills's mother, Mary Hayley Bell. See more »

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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 »

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Superintendent Teesdale: [Seeing Blake has a prayer card] You'll need more than that, Blakey lad.
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Featured in Granada Reports: 17 April 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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We Three Kings
(uncredited)
Words and Music by John H. Hopkins (as Reverend John Henry Hopkins,, Jr.)
Incorporated into incidental music
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Under-rated classic British movie of the sixties
29 September 2003 | by See 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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