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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 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 ... P.C. Thurstow
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 (Hayley Mills) 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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HAYLEY MILLS - Superb in Her Finest Starring Role See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shot largely on-location in the bleak countryside around Burnley in Lancashire. 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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Crazy Credits

The character played by Alan Bates is named Arthur Alan Blakey in the movie, but in the credits he is listed as "The Man." See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood U.K.: Northern Lights (1993) See more »

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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"T' aint Jesus, its just some fellah"
23 August 2003 | by digital_dogcowSee all my reviews

An absolute gem of a movie, that will appeal to both the religious, & atheists alike, since it intelligently sides with neither side. WDTW is a beautifully crafted study in "belief", faith and innocence.

Reminiscent of Ken Loach's 1969 film Kes (although the two are very different films) in so much that it accurately portrays a time & place, by using genuine locals as a supporting cast, thus giving a true sense of authenticity because of the genuine regional accents.

Little Alan Barnes's natural lancashire dialect is a pure delight in the opening scene with "The sally army lady", and his loss of "faith" in "Jesus" ("T' aint Jesus, its just some fellah") is a poignant counterpoint to Mills's stoic acceptance of the fugitive hiding in the family barn as her saviour.

Highly recommended viewing.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1961 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

GBP148,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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