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Outcast Of The Islands [DVD] [1951]

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  • Actors: Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Kerima, Wendy Hiller, Robert Morley
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Producers: Carol Reed
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BL63FM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Trevor Howard is a clerk in a South Seas trading post who gets involved in a smuggling plot via a secret sea route, eventually betraying his employer and destroying himself in the process. The film confronts the core theme of Conrad's novel - the battles of the noble and the ignoble. It enjoyed enormous publicity - mainly in the form of Kerima, the sultry starlet who brings the downfall of the shiftless trader, Howard.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Kruk on 15 Dec. 2013
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Highly recommend it. Especially to people who saw Trevor Howard in "brief Encounter", and thought he could only portray "buttoned up" English men. This film sizzles with passion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "kenpickering" on 25 Jun. 2015
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One of the worst films I have seen for a long while. Good actors totally miscast & "hammy". Europeans "blacked-up" to appear "exotic"
Locations totally wrong. Dated beyond belief. Very disappointing from such a good director & strong cast..
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2012
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Set on an unnamed island in the northern Indian ocean, when a scandal causes a man (Trevor Howard) filled with moral rot to be shunned, he's taken by a benefactor (Ralph Richardson) to a hidden village on another island. But his lust for a native beauty (Kerima) not only destroys whatever decency was left in him but his treachery reaches beyond his own ken. Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad, this is a superior piece of film making. Watching it you feel the exhilaration that you get when you know you're watching a great film. From 1947 to 1951, director Carol Reed had an incredible run of first rate films: ODD MAN OUT, THE THIRD MAN, FALLEN IDOL and this jewel. The film subtly examines the colonial mindset of the white man and his questionable sense of superiority (a native asks, "Does the white man think he knows what's best for us") but like Conrad's LORD JIM, Howard's Peter Willems is a man who must redeem himself but unlike that Conrad novel, the results are different. Is there anyone who still doubts that Trevor Howard is one of the great English actors? He may not have the Shakespearean pedigree of an Olivier, Gielgud or Richardson but anyone who can give a performance like this one or in SONS AND LOVERS, HEART OF THE MATTER or ROOTS OF HEAVEN is an actor to be reckoned with. The impeccable supporting cast includes Wendy Hiller (who displays a lifetime of invisibility in minimal screen time), Robert Morley, Wilfrid Hyde White and George Coulouris.

The Studio Canal DVD is a nice B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 ratio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lennyprdb on 25 July 2015
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Great setting, great cast, fantastic acting by Trevor Howard and especially Robert Morley..... South seas fantasy brought to task under reality's harsh thumb.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 7 Jan. 2014
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Perhaps the fourth in Carol Reed's run of great films. For the first four-fifths brilliantly satisfying, witty, cynical examination of self-loathing manifesting itself as amoral surrendering to the 'savage' lusts in Trevor Howard's Willems. Superb performances all round, although I'm not sure the Arab needed his signifying fez when trading in the South China Seas - a silly gesture when the tribes(apart from blacked up George Colouris) are so convincingly and honestly gnarled and their children naked river-scamps. Complex and full of clever oppositions such as the lusty Assia and the repressed Wendy Hiller. The Morleys, Robert and Annabelle, are both superb. This could be the best performance by a really young child although 'The Fallen Idol', of course, is equally brilliant in this respect. Conrad (though I've never read this one) seems to be served particularly well given the 90 minute duration: difficult, ambiguous, largely dislikeable or at least very compromised characters. Perhaps we only have sympathy for the innocents (including the 'used' Mrs Almayer). Inventive and very near to great, perhaps just falls down when Ralph Richardson becomes rather declamatory at the end spouting stagey speeches, though even then the climactic non-climax is impressively done. Perhaps only Michael Powell had the seriousness of intention and originality to surpass Reed at this time in mainstream British cinema.
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