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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!

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Adventure | Drama

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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

The film takes place in 1870. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chavez: What kind of man are you? You are a butcher! Why don't you tell us where the money is?
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A wonderful lost classic
3 June 2002 | by mmarshalSee all my reviews

I saw this fantastic movie for the first and only time as a child in a theater when it was first released in 1965. Since then, I've hoped to see it again and share it with others, but it is not available for viewing anywhere. Repeat, ANYWHERE. It never appears on American TV (I've checked, there are several web sources one can use to track whether specific movies are scheduled to run, and I've never seen any of them showing High Wind appearing on any North American station. In fact, the only time any of theses sources showed it being broadcast anywhere was once, on a network in Japan back in 1988). It has never been re-released for theatrical showings, and it has never been released on video. I even regularly check eBay to see if a "black market" copy might be available, but none have ever shown up.

Mt gut tells me the reason for this is likely the usual in these sorts situations: some endless (and meaningless) copyright dispute. I don't know if that's the case, but if it is, I wish the opposing parties would wake up and realize that (a) this release -- as great as it is -- is too old and unknown to be a big future money maker for anybody, and (b) that whatever that income might be, because of their arguing neither of them is making ANY money of this film.

A great movie, but one lost, in all likelihood because of greed. What a shame.


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