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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976)

After his father dies, a disturbed young boy plots to take revenge on the new man in his mother's life.

Director:

Lewis John Carlino

Writers:

Yukio Mishima (novel), Lewis John Carlino (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sarah Miles ... Anne Osborne
Kris Kristofferson ... Jim Cameron
Jonathan Kahn ... Jonathan Osborne
Margo Cunningham Margo Cunningham ... Elizabeth Palmer
Earl Rhodes ... Chief
Paul Tropea Paul Tropea ... Number Two
Gary Lock Gary Lock ... Number Four
Stephen Black Stephen Black ... Number Five
Peter Clapham Peter Clapham ... Richard Pettit
Jennifer Tolman Jennifer Tolman ... Mary Ingram
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Storyline

Widowed now for close to four years, Anne Osborne, who now operates the antiques shop formerly owned by her husband David, and their son, Jonathan Osborne, live in a small, English seaside town. Both Anne and Jonathan still miss David even after all these years. Going through puberty, Jonathan uses something he finds in his bedroom to explore the emerging thoughts of sexuality going through his mind. Although Anne knows Jonathan sneaks out of the house early in the morning against her orders, she is unaware that he is attending meetings of a secret society of five boys, who refer to each other only by a cardinal number, their rank within the group as assigned by "The Chief", number one. The Chief is an arrogant, sadistic pseudo-intellectual who needs to show his power and dominance over the other four in whatever means possible. He largely considers them immature as he spouts off his Nietzschean philosophies, centering on that adults create rules that ultimately disrupt the natural ... Written by Huggo

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He gave his soul to the sea and his heart to a woman. Their love will arouse you. The story will disturb you. The ending will startle you. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg allen Fleisches See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First English language filmed adaptation of a novel by Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. See more »

Alternate Versions

US DVD version is cut. Sex scenes of Sarah Miles are tamed down in US version. See more »

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Should be considered a classic
8 April 2006 | by bodnarhdSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie back when it came out in 1976. It never showed up at the major theaters though. I saw it in one of the Dollar theaters. How it got away with an R rating back then I will never know. I had seen x-rated movies that had showed less. And the love scenes were a spread in Playboy. My girlfriend said is was because it had a plot. I do remember she was in a state of shock when we left. She was an 18 year old Southern Bapist Sunday School teacher at the time. Kris Kristofferson was never highly rated as an Actor but I think he did an excellent job in this movie. The child actors were completely believable. It was written by a Japanese gentleman and I am amazed at how well some examples of Japanese literature and movies translate to the US. The Magificent Seven ( AKA the Seven Samarai) and " A fistful of Dollars".

If you can find it on DVD I would highly recommend it.


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