Whistle Down the Wind

Film, Family and kids

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.


Release details

99 mins

Cast and crew

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