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Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 6 August 1961 (UK)
When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Mary Hayley Bell (original novel), Keith Waterhouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Lee ... Bostock
Alan Bates ... Arthur Alan Bankey - The Man
Norman Bird ... Eddie
Diane Clare ... Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan Patricia Heneghan ... Salvation Army Girl
John Arnatt ... Superintendent Teesdale
Elsie Wagstaff ... Auntie Dorothy
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... The Vicar
Howard Douglas ... The Vet
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... P.C. Thurstow
Gerald Sim ... Detective
Michael Lees ... 1st Civil Defence Worker
Michael Raghan Michael Raghan ... 2nd Civil Defence Worker
May Barton May Barton ... Villager
Hayley Mills ... Kathy
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Storyline

Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus, and try to hide him from grown-ups. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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A Story About Kids...For Everyone! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vent garde son secret See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Stranger In Town" by Toto was loosely based on this movie. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, but especially when the children are in the barn discussing a name for the cats, the youngest boy can be seen mouthing the other characters lines before he says his own. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Bostock: Good night, Gentle Jesus. Sleep well.
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

We Three Kings
(uncredited)
Words and Music by John H. Hopkins (as Reverend John Henry Hopkins,, Jr.)
Incorporated into incidental music
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Beautiful, nostalgic film
10 December 2004 | by hesketh27See all my reviews

Whistle Down the Wind has remained one of my favourite films ever since I saw it as a young child many years ago when my parents took me to see it when it was originally released. The performances by all the children in the film are charming and Alan Bates excels as the criminal who is mistaken for Jesus. For me, the special aspects of the film are its genuine innocence and the capturing of a much simpler time in England that will never return. I myself was born and grew up in the north in an area similar to the one shown in the film and today, now aged 48, watch the film with great nostalgia and a warm feeling about my carefree life as a child. I also feel sadness that many children in our country today cannot enjoy the freedom to roam and play far and wide as I (and the children in the film) could do at that time. I have never met anyone who didn't enjoy this underrated classic and defy anyone not to be moved by the naturalness of the performances. A marvelous addition to anyone's DVD collection and one that I treasure.


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