Outcast of the Islands
|Outcast of the Islands|
original movie poster
|Directed by||Carol Reed|
|Produced by||Carol Reed
|Written by||Joseph Conrad (novel)
|Music by||Brian Easdale|
|Edited by||Bert Bates|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films
|15 November 1951|
|Box office||£149,335 (UK)|
Outcast of the Islands is a 1951 film directed by Carol Reed based on Joseph Conrad's novel An Outcast of the Islands. The film features Robert Morley, Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, and Wendy Hiller.
Peter Willems, a selfish and ambitious man, is accused of stealing in his position as manager of a shipping port operation near Singapore. After he is terminated for his offense he reacquaints himself with the trading ship captain (Capt. Lingard) who befriended him as a 12-year-old boy. Lingard agrees to help Willems regain his reputation by taking him to a trading village located up a difficult-to-navigate channel near the coast of Batam. Lingard's son-in-law, Elmer Almeyer, operates a trading operation for Capt. Lingard in the village. Lingard asks Almeyer to take Willems under his wing and teach him the business. While Lingard is gone on one of his sea trips, Willems abuses his trust, seduces the village chieftain's daughter, attempts to steal Almeyer's business operation, humiliates Almeyer before the villagers, and shares the navigation secrets of the channel with a trader who competes with Capt. Lingard. Lingard returns to discover the mess Willems has made and confronts Willems — who has now been condemned by the villagers because of the shame he brought to the frail and dying chieftain. He abandons Willems to live in isolation and exile.
- Ralph Richardson as Capt. Tom Lingard
- Trevor Howard as Peter Willems
- Robert Morley as Elmer Almeyer
- Wendy Hiller as Mrs. Almeyer
- Kerima as Aissa
- Smokey Matonis as Babalatchi
- Annabel Morley as Nina Almeyer
The movie was nominated for best British film and best film from any source at the 1953 BAFTA awards.
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p495
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