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A Little Piece of Sunshine (1990)

Sunshine, an idyllic and almost forgotten island under British rule, is shortly to become independent. But a few days before this event is to take place, the British governor of the island ... See full summary »

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James Cellan Jones

Writers:

Frederick Forsyth (story), Murray Smith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Lamb ... Desmond Hannah
Chris Cooper ... Ernie Favaro
Philip Michael Thomas ... Tomson
Kitty Aldridge ... Sabrina
Lauren Bacall ... Beatrix Coltrane
Alan Howard ... Sam McCready
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas ... Rev Drake
Robert MacBeth Robert MacBeth ... Livingstone
W. Paul Bodie W. Paul Bodie ... Bill Jones
Nelson Oramas Nelson Oramas ... Carlos Garcia
Luis Alday Luis Alday ... Hernandez
Ed Amatrudo
Jay Amor
John Archie John Archie
Philip Astor Philip Astor
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Sunshine, an idyllic and almost forgotten island under British rule, is shortly to become independent. But a few days before this event is to take place, the British governor of the island is shot. Her Majesty's secret service is called in and Sam McCready asks Desmond Hannah of Scotland Yard to take charge of the case. When Hannah arrives on Sunshine, he notices the subdued atmosphere of fear reigning there. An aggressive presidential election campaign is being conducted, but neither of the two candidates appears to be very trustworthy. The attractive widow Lady Beatrix Coltrane tells Hannah that most of the island's inhabitants are not looking forward to independence because they fear that either of the two candidates for the presidency will abuse the island for his own benefit. One of them, Tomson, is probably involved in illegal drug-peddling in connection with the Colombian Medellin cartel; the other one, Livingstone, is said to be collaborating with the Cuban government. Lady ... Written by Anonymous

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Thriller

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

UK | Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy csöppnyi napsütés See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A pleasant surprise
25 April 2001 | by john-353See all my reviews

I recently picked up a copy of this film on video, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Lauren Bacall puts in a sly, sexy performance, and eventhough most of the rest of the cast have been associated with small time TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic (with the notable exception of the surprisingly good Philip Michael Thomas who, of course, starred opposite Don Johnson in the legendary Miami Vice), I must say that the quality of the acting was consistently high.

The only real problem that I had with the movie was with Sam McCready. Stylishly realised by Alan Howard, coming across as a puppeteer behind the scenes, the character simply didn't feature enough in the end to satisfy my need and curiosity. I have read many of the Sam McCready novels penned by Forsythe (who introduces the film no less), and this normally prominent character seemed to be in the background far too much for, sadly, far too much of the time.

On a positive note though, I thought that the characterisation of the 'cockney Superintendent from the yard' was pulled off briliantly! I recognised the actor playing the part from many tv shows over here (Larry Lamb, always a pleasure), and to be honest I was expecting the usual 'cor blimey guvs' and 'apples n pears' Dick Van Dyke routine. But to my pleasant surprise, the character came off as a professional, if slightly out of his depth individual, with all of the usual quirks and flaws that keep you inerested.

What a pity that the follow up (Death has a bad reputation) had to feature the bloody awful Liz Hurley. Sure, no-one would question the fact that she is indeed great to look at, but I'm afraid that Big Bird would have put in a more convincing performance than she did!


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