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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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UNTAMED! UNASHAMED! MERCILESS! See more »

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Drama | Adventure

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Trivia

Robert Morley's daughter Annabel played his daughter in this movie. She was five at the time. 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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Connections

Referenced in Guy Hamilton: The Director Speaks (2006) See more »

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17 June 2016 | by johnr-05888See all my reviews

Having read the above reviews I agree that there were some production compromises - the rear projection noticeable but not as offensive as in color productions of the time - 'The African Queen' etc. The novel does not achieve the existential challenge of 'The Secret Sharer' and Conrad's narrator is somewhat unsteady - surprisingly not compensated considering what Reed managed with 'The Third Man'. The basic problem is the failure in the adaptation by William Fairchild to preserve the cross-cultural context. Willem's business acumen is understated and the question of inter-racial marriage entirely ignored: Mrs. Vinck and Mrs. Willem are absent, and Mrs. Almayer becomes British. The former is disturbed - perhaps sexual jealousy - by Willem's marriage to Hydig's bi-racial daughter. And the pervasiveness of this prejudice is ultimately expressed by Aisee's calling her an ugly 'Sarani' (Nasrani or European Christian/Malay). There were however liberties taken that enhanced the narrative - the hammock over the bonfire entirely invention. The real flawed characters are Captain Lingard in his charitable vanity and Almayer in his foolishness. The latter fully expressed in the sequel 'Almayer's Folly'. I would have preferred Willem's accidental death as per the novel. And I would have preferred a Malay - perhaps a Dayak - for Aisee. But all said and done it is a very stirring - if flawed film - and worthy of a place in the canon.


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Language:

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