Whistle Down the Wind

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Time Out says

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.
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Release details

UK release:

1961

Duration:

99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Cast:

Elsie Wagstaffe, Norman Bird, Bernard Lee, Alan Bates, Hayley Mills, Alan Barnes

Music:

Malcolm Arnold

Art Director:

Ray Simm

Editor:

Max Benedict

Cinematography:

Arthur Ibbetson

Screenwriter:

Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse

Producer:

Richard Attenborough

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