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Tamahine (1963)

A free-spirited young Polynesian girl is sent to live with her uncle in England. The many social and other rules new to her that she encounters there, as well as attention from student body of a local school cause much hilarity.

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

Denis Cannan (screenplay), Thelma Niklaus (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Kwan ... Tamahine
John Fraser ... Richard Poole
Dennis Price ... Charles Poole
Coral Browne ... Madame Becque
Dick Bentley ... Storekeeper
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Tim Clove
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Diana
Michael Gough ... Cartwright
Allan Cuthbertson ... Housemaster
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Mrs. MacFarlane
James Fox ... Oliver
Derek Fowlds ... Bash
Robin Stewart Robin Stewart ... Fiend
Viola Keats Viola Keats ... Mrs. Spruce
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Major Spruce (as Howard Marion Crawford)
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Storyline

Teenager Tamahine grew up in the South Pacific the only legitimate child - she with many illegitimate siblings, which is typical of the only culture she knows as marriage is considered forever - of her British father Julian, with her Polynesian mother passing away when she was a child. After Julian passes away, Tamahine, as was her father's wishes, travels to Britain to learn of that side of her family and their proper British customs. She is to be the ward of Julian's widowed cousin, Charles Poole, the headmaster of Hallow, a proper upper class boys' school, he who has two offspring living with him: his twenty-something unhappy and soon to be divorced daughter, Diana, who is secretly, or not so secretly, dating the school's indecisive art teacher, Tim Clove; and his eighteen year old son, Richard Poole, a student at the school. Tamahine is blissfully unaware that her frank talk, especially about what she calls "loving", and her various states of undress are causing an uproar at the ... Written by Huggo

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She loved the whole student body...and they sure loved hers!!!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Moreninha do Taiti See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A physical tour de force for Nancy Kwan in style of Carry On films
20 October 2003 | by elschoenSee all my reviews

Nancy Kwan was at the height of her American fame when this film came out. However it was a distinct step down in most regards from her previous films. Very little acting ability and even less plot development was required. If you are a fan of the "veddy" British "Carry On" type films you will enjoy this cute romp with Nancy carrying the film on her lovely and perfectly shaped shoulders. You will see Nancy swimming underwater, posing nude for a campus painter (for his eyes only, not ours!), climbing campus towers in her knickers, drenched to the skin in a formal gown and sailing above a track and field obstacle course. Surely the camera crew for this film was a very happy lot. Nancy Kwan, Tamahine, is as perfect a physical specimen as God has ever created.

The plot of the film is simple enough: Polynesian girl Nancy is sent away from her simple, primitive island life to live with her deceased

father's brother who runs a "veddy" proper British men's academy in England. Being the free-spirited soul that she is, Nancy-Tamahine, finds the restrictions placed on her innocent actions confusing. Her naivete infatuates the entire student body and causes her 40-something guardian, John Fraser, to vacillate between righteous indignation and succumbing to the waif's warm and childish charms. Some wonderful closeups of Mr. Fraser's dilemma are the dramatic highlight of the film.

Overall if you enjoy comedy based upon the old-fashioned morality which caused young men to cover their eyes when in the presence of nude females -- standard reaction in the "Carry On" films -- you will enjoy this film. It combines that sort of humor with the very vigorous, physical activities of Tamahine which predominate almost every scene.

If however you are are of the current school which recognizes nothing save anatomy as the difference between the sexes, if you are not comfortable with the idea that men instinctively want to protect as well as possess women, then avoid this film. It is a throwback to an earlier era when the roles of men and women were better defined if somewhat less democratic. Whether it's Hamlet, Peter Pan or some other tale, this reviewer is able to empathize with the characters and enjoy their situations without fear of destroying social values.


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