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Whistle Down The Wind [DVD]

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  • Actors: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare, Patricia Heneghan
  • Directors: Bryan Forbes
  • Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Mary Hayley Bell, Willis Hall
  • Producers: Jack Rix, Richard Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 243 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0001E5TL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A man (Alan Bates) on the run for murder hides out at a nearby barn. Through a series of bizarre twists he is discovered by three children (Hayley Mills, Diane Holgate and Alan Barnes), who believe they have stumbled across Jesus and attempt to keep him hidden from the grown-ups. Based on the novel by Hayley Mill's mother, Mary Hayley Bell.

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Tiger Bay and Whistle Down the Wind are two perfect snapshots of 1950s Britain as seen through the eyes of children. The child tying these films together is of course Hayley Mills, whose extraordinarily natural performance in 1959's Tiger Bay won her a Most Promising Newcomer BAFTA. As the 10-year-old unruly Gillie she inadvertently witnesses a murder of passion committed by Polish merchant seaman Korchinsky (German actor Horst Bucholz, who went on to ride with The Magnificent Seven, in his first English-language movie). The two form a touching friendship while Superintendent Graham (played by Hayley's dad, John Mills) heads the manhunt around the portside streets of Cardiff.

The earlier film foreshadows much of the theme and tone of Whistle Down the Wind from two years later, where a visibly blossoming Hayley believes she's literally found Jesus (Alan Bates) in her family farm barn. Based on the novel by the actress' mother, Mary Hayley Bell, the antics of the Lancashire children who start out rescuing a litter of kittens is heart-warming in the extreme. If Kathy (Mills) and her sister Nan (Diane Holgate) weren't cute enough, there's their adorable yet mischievous younger brother Charles (Alan Barnes) as well. Together these films are a superb showcase of the young Hayley Mills, but more than that, they're a depiction of the innocence of children that's long been missing in films of any certificate. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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