Whistle Down the Wind

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  • Family and kids
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Forbes' first film, a reef-ridden whimsy about three Lancashire farm kids who find a fugitive murderer (Bates) hiding in the barn and think he is Jesus. Done with a kind of grubby lyricism borrowed from Jeux Interdits, the early scenes are quite effective as the children matter-of-factly wonder how to react (should they curtsey, steal the family bottle of port?). But as the parable (and the parallels) extend towards a scene in which the killer is apprehended and adopts the posture of crucifixion as he is searched, it all becomes more than faintly embarrassing.

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bryan Forbes
Screenwriter: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall
Cast: Hayley Mills
Alan Bates
Bernard Lee
Norman Bird
Elsie Wagstaffe
Alan Barnes
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