The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (film)

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis John Carlino
Produced byMartin Poll
Screenplay byLewis John Carlino
Based onThe Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
by Yukio Mishima
StarringKris Kristofferson
Sarah Miles
Music byJohn Mandel
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byAntony Gibbs
Haworth Productions
Martin Poll-Lewis John Carlino Production
Sailor Company
Distributed byAVCO Embassy Pictures
Release date
  • April 5, 1976 (1976-04-05)
(United Kingdom)
  • April 11, 1976 (1976-04-11)
(United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea is a 1976 British drama film starring Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles, directed by Lewis John Carlino. It was adapted from the 1963 novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. The location was changed to the English town of Dartmouth, Devon, the area where it was also filmed.[1]


Jonathan Osborne, the 14-year-old son of widow Anne Osborne, has become involved with a group of boys led by a neo-Nietzschean sadistic boy named "Chief." Anne daydreams about her husband who died three years earlier. When a large merchant ship anchors temporarily in the harbour, Anne arranges to give her son a tour of the vessel. They meet the second officer of the ship, Jim Cameron. Jim takes a liking to both the boy and his mother. Jim and Anne become involved sexually which throws Jonathan into a rage of jealousy. Cameron returns to sea and while he is gone, Jonathan reveals his jealous sentiment to the group leader, Chief. When Cameron comes back to renew his relationship with Anne and forsake his life on the sea, Chief and the boys concoct a sinister plot to do away with the intruder.



The movie was filmed on location in and around Dartmouth, Devon, England.


John Simon wrote of The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea- "very pretty to look at, and makes absolutely no sense.[2]



On June 19, 2012, Shout! Factory released the film to Blu-ray.[3]


  1. ^ Eder, Richard (12 April 1976). "Movie Review - The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea - 'Sailor Who Fell,' a Film After Mishima". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ Simon, John (1982). Reverse Angle A Decade of American films. Crown Publishers Inc. p. 241.
  3. ^ "Schlock-Wire: Shout Factory Brings THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA To Blu-Ray". 7 April 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2017.


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