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Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure | 11 July 1952 (USA)
A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Joseph Conrad (by), William Fairchild (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Willems
Ralph Richardson ... Captain Lingard
Robert Morley ... Almayer
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Almayer
Kerima ... Aissa
George Coulouris ... Babalatchi
Tamine Tamine ... Tamine
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Vinck (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Peter Illing ... Alagappan
Betty Ann Davies ... Mrs. Williams
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Hudig
A.V. Bramble A.V. Bramble ... Badavi
Marne Maitland ... Ships Mate
James Kenney ... Ramsey
Annabel Morley Annabel Morley ... Nina Almayer
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A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

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Drama | Adventure

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Verdammte der Inseln See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quite controversial in its day for its depiction of a bi-racial romance. American censors, in particular, had great difficulty with this aspect of this movie. Ironically, this turned out to be pure invention on the part of the filmmakers. Although Kerima, who plays Aissa, appears exotic, she is in reality, French, and not part-Algerian as this movie's publicity would have had people believe. See more »

Goofs

When Aissa confronts Lingard as he searches for Willems, she meets him with a rock in her right hand. The next shot shows her crouching down with her right hand rubbing her abdomen - the rock has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Captain Tom Lingard: [addressing Willems] You are a bitter thought. Something without a body that must be hidden. You are my shame!
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The Best Film Version of a Joseph Conrad Novel
22 February 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

Carol Reed's "An Outcast Of The Islands" is generally conceded to be the finest film ever made of Joseph Conrad's tales. To be fair "Nostromo", "Under Western Eyes", and "Chance" never have been filmed. Hitchcock's "Sabotage" (based on "The Secret Agent") is a good Hitchcock film, but the story is modernized and changed. The later film version of the novel was politely received and then forgotten. "Victory" was made into a serviceable love and adventure story with Fredric March and Cedric Hardwicke, but the irony and allegory of the story was lost. "Lord Jim" was better recalled for the severe drubbing critics gave it - concluding with a Mad Magazine spoof called "Lord Jump". There is "Apocalypse Now" which is a fine attempt at "Heart of Darkness", but it changes the site of the story from the Belgium Congo of Leopold II to Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. "An Outcast" stuck to the basic story of Willems and his betrayal of Almayer and Captain Lingard for a beautiful native girl. Trevor Howard gave many memorable, delicate performances in his life (best, perhaps, for "Brief Encounter"), but this performance as a man who was poor enough material to begin with but goes to seed is possibly better. The supporting cast is great, with Robert Morley playing his most despicable character, and Ralph Richardson as the decent Lingard. George Coulouris is properly Machiavellian as the sly Babalatchi, and Wendy Hiller is tragic as that human dishrag Mrs. Almayer. The only problem a purist may have is that Willems is killed at the end of the novel accidentally (and quite memorably). Not so in the film. But his punishment of living as a monument to failure and hopelessness may be even more fitting - I leave to the reader/viewer.


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