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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 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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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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According to an article written by Hedda Hopper in The Los Angeles Times (July 7, 1961), producer Jerry Wald had signed John Mills and his daughter Hayley Mills for this movie. Wald died in July 1962 and the project did not materialized. See more »

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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 »

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A High Wind in Jamaica pits normal kids against ruthless pirates for the"Least Scruples" Award
8 August 1999 | by CoolbitSee all my reviews

This mood-provoking 60's-style (ballad theme song) drama recounts a moment from an even earlier era, when there was piracy on the high seas.It stars a group of children who prove there is a group of human beings even less civilized than pirates, or can at least give them a run for their money. Anthony Quinn tenders the character of Chavez, captain of a pirate ship, of whole cloth: we always believe in Chavez and find him a worthwhile study. We have loved like him--whether it was a cuddly little animal or a neat person in our world awhile--for no reason other than that the loved delights us. While the love itself is pure, it can bring on trouble. This is demonstrated in both the film story line and the film's history, the latter being that the film has been basically closeted , perhaps due to society's discomfort with a grown-man's-affection-for-a-little-girl story line. Debra Baxter as Emily is a total charmer, realistically skinnier while unparented at sea.The tale evolves around her character, a 10-year-old English kid raised in Jamaica and now being shipped with her siblings and another family to the mother land to be reared out of her heathen ways.While Chavez's gang invades their ship, the children, as always in their own world, explore the pirate vessel and are still aboard when the clueless pirates take off. They are discovered and the pirates want to chunk them on the next island or worse, but Chavez insists the kids stay until they get to a safe port.The crew mutinees, the kids are saved, but Emily thinks she has committed a deed she will be punished for. An excellant dramatization of the potency of the untamed internal value system, aptly including society's "outsider-bad-men" as a frame of reference. It's a movie to chew over and think about. Children of both sexes enjoy it again and again.


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