The Sailor's Return is a 1978 British drama film directed by Jack Gold and starring Tom Bell, Shope Shodeinde and Elton Charles. It is based on the 1925 novel The Sailor's Return by David Garnett. It was made by Euston Films. The film concerns the ostracizing of a sailor and his black wife.
A sailor returns to his hometown to open a pub bringing with him his new black wife. Very quickly they find themselves ostracised by the community.
- Tom Bell ... William Targett
- Shope Shodeinde ... Princess Tulip
- Elton Charles ... Billy / Olu Targett
- Denyse Alexander ... Mrs. Cherret
- Julia Swift ... Annie
- Pat Keen ... Mrs. Bascombe
- Nigel Hawthorne ... Mr. Fosse
- Jill Spurrier ... Mrs. Frickes
- Ray Smith ... Fred Leake
- Mick Ford ... Tom Madgwick
- Peter Benson ... Charlie Nye
- Ann Way ... Mrs. Clall
- Paola Dionisotti ... Lucy Sturmey
- George Costigan ... Harry Targett
- Clive Swift ... Reverend Pottock
- Victor Winding ... Ship's Captain
- "The Sailor's Return (1980)". Archived from the original on 29 January 2009.
- "BFI Screenonline: Sailor's Return, The (1978)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
- With Gold-on-the-World Radin, Victoria. The Observer 6 Nov 1977: 31.
- Chapman, J. (2022). The Money Behind the Screen: A History of British Film Finance, 1945-1985. Edinburgh University Press p 357. Income is distributor's receipts, combined domestic and international, as at 31 Dec 1978.