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East of Elephant Rock (1978)

R | | Drama | January 1978 (UK)
In 1948, a new British governor takes over a Far Eastern colony after his predecessor is murdered by terrorists.

Director:

Don Boyd

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Don Boyd (screenplay), Richard Boyle (based on a treatment by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Hurt ... Nash
Jeremy Kemp ... Rawlins
Judi Bowker ... Eve Proudfoot
Christopher Cazenove ... Proudfoot / Robert Proudfoot
Anton Rodgers ... Mackintosh / MacKintosh
Tariq Yunus Tariq Yunus ... Inti
Vajira Vajira ... Sharmani
Sam Poythress Sam Poythress ... 1st Governor General
Edward De La Mare Edward De La Mare ... 2nd Governor General
Geoffrey Hale Geoffrey Hale ... District Commissioner
J.B.L. Gunasekara J.B.L. Gunasekara ... Sharmani's Uncle (as J.B.L.Gunasakera)
Upali Attanayaka Upali Attanayaka ... Rawlin's Houseboy (as Upali Attanayeke)
Philip Grice Philip Grice ... Man in Rickshaw
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In 1948, a new British governor takes over a Far Eastern colony after his predecessor is murdered by terrorists.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatolika tou Elephant Rock See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bryan Forbes was a staunch defender of the film, later joking that it cost him good reviews for his subsequent own movies. The British film industry seemed to be in terminal decline at the time of the film's production and Forbes felt it was unfair to take potshots at a young director trying to get ahead when the odds were so heavily stacked against him. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: A Far Eastern Colony, 1948. See more »

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East of Elephant Rock
Composed and sung by Peter Skellern
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Attractive scenery and cast, but it fizzled out
18 February 2016 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

With so few reviews and no comments so far here on IMDb, EoER would appear to be an obscure film, which I came across on one of the lesser British TV channels.

Very handsome scenery, a good cast and a reasonable plot. John Hurt impressed and Judi Bowker - whom I can't recall seeing before - shone. But in the last quarter of the film some of the changes in characterisation did not convince, and it all rather fizzled out.

When EoER first came out, it attracted some controversy and hostile criticism and with the passing of years some of the racist language and "white" attitudes can make one wince. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_of_Elephant_Rock

The prurient might like to note that we get a brief full-frontal view of John Hurt as he jumps out of bed, whilst Judi Bowker's modesty is ensured by a sheet.


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