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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 ... 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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The major premise to this film makes little sense when you think about it....absolutely none!
17 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tamahine (Nancy Kwan) is a teenager who has spent her entire life living in Polynesia. Then, out of the blue, she is sent to live with a relative in England...a culture as unlike the British one as you can find! Oddly, no one ever thinks about trying to educate and acclamate her to the English customs and instead they deny her normal sexual drives and attempt to force her to be like a lady...without ever teaching her was being a lady means. This really, really annoyed me because it goes by a very dim assumption--that these smart, educated people in England are in fact total morons. So, instead of realism, the story plays it all for laughs as again and again, Tamahine does things which upset her tightly wound guardian, the headmaster of a boys school! My feeling is that the film had a decent idea for a story but instead of playing it out intelligently, it went for cheap laughs and cliches. It's a shame, as Nancy Kwan is excellent and radiant...and deserved better.


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