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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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Stanley Mann (screenplay), Ronald Harwood (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Chavez
James Coburn ... Zac
Dennis Price ... Mathias
Lila Kedrova ... Rosa
Nigel Davenport ... Frederick Thornton
Isabel Dean ... Alice Thornton
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Capt. Marpole
Ben Carruthers ... Alberto (as Benito Carruthers)
Gert Fröbe ... Dutch Captain (as Gert Frobe)
Brian Phelan Brian Phelan ... Curtis
Trader Faulkner ... Pirate
Charles Laurence Charles Laurence ... Tallyman
Charles Hyatt Charles Hyatt ... Pirate
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Pirate
Viviane Ventura ... Margaret Fernandez
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 June 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sturm über Jamaika See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason had tried to set it up as part of his producer / director deal with Fox. He had planned to make it more about the children, and he would have starred alongside Stephen Boyd and Hayley Mills. 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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An Underrated Gem!
22 April 2007 | by dodgerdawg-1See all my reviews

I first saw "A High Wind in Jamaica" in the late sixties one evening on late night TV. It's a compelling, realistic, well-filmed action movie with outstanding performances by Anthony Quinn and James Coburn and a fast-paced, exciting storyline. It even features a brief appearance by Gert Frobe, of "Goldfinger" fame.

Despite the presence of young children and pirates, it's definitely not a children's movie. There are dark undertones and some surprisingly adult themes. Quinn and Coburn give first rate performances as pirates who inadvertently kidnap a group of British children on their way back to Great Britain from Jamaica after a storm...but this film belongs to Deborah Baxter. Her performance as the feisty Emily is absolutely mesmerizing. It's hard to imagine she only made two movies (she plays Teddy Roosevelt's daughter in "The Wind and The Lion"). Her acting seems well beyond her years. I guarantee it's a performance that will stick with you long after the final credits.

I highly recommend this film.


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