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A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 4 June 1965 (West Germany)
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In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chavez
... Zac
... Mathias
... Rosa
... Frederick Thornton
... Alice Thornton
Kenneth J. Warren ... Capt. Marpole
... Alberto (as Benito Carruthers)
... Dutch Captain (as Gert Frobe)
Brian Phelan ... Curtis
... Pirate
Charles Laurence ... Tallyman
Charles Hyatt ... Pirate
Dan Jackson ... Pirate
... Margaret Fernandez
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The parents of children living in Jamaica, afraid that the kids are growing up uncivilized, decide to send them to England. But during the voyage, the childrens' ship is boarded by pirates and in the confusion the children wind up trapped on the pirate ship. The children view it as a lark, and one of them, a girl named Emily, develops an unusual bond with Chavez, the pirate captain. The superstitious pirates can't wait to unload the kids at the first port, but a tragedy prevents it, and Emily's relationship with Chavez takes a fateful twist. Written by Anonymous

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Piracy and High Adventure on the High Seas!

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Also Known As:

Sturm über Jamaika  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Features the sole movie appearance, at age 15, of the novelist Martin Amis. See more »

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The hurricane at the beginning of the film is rather clearly created with a combination of wind machines and water sprayed onto the set. Despite the torrential downpour there is sun-dappling beneath the tree where Emily is looking for her cat, and blue sky and puffy white clouds are visible in the distance behind her and her father. See more »

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A great adventure film with a strong cast and a surprise ending.
25 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Having read the book in 1965, I took my (then) 3 young daughters to see the film. They were so stirred and charmed that they made me sit through a second screening. Anthony Quinn and James Coburn were brilliant, lovable rogues and the main little girl was someone my kids could identify with. Gert Frobe as the Dutch sea captain was memorable, and the English cast, director Alexander Mackendrick and the screenwriter(s) should be commended for creating a superb example of the art of cinema. I have but one sad comment: Why isn't this film available on videotape or disk, or at least on cable?


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