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159 Ratings

Outcast of the Islands

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1952


A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He’s sacked when he’s caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

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Outcast of the Islands Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1953 | 2 nominations including: Best British Film

Critics reviews

Reed relies on his topflight cast, William Fairchild’s caustic script, and atmospheric locales to realize Conrad’s tableau of putrid humanity left to rot in the sun. But if its appeal as entertainment is more specialized than its predecessor [The Third Man], that could be credited to its total commitment to Conrad’s worldview.
August 12, 2016
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Needed to be less cute, more pitilessly lucid – the middle section sags into romance when in fact there’s no romance here, Willems’ infatuation is all about depression and inadequacy – but the first act in Singapore is rollickingly witty and the whole thing a study in orchestrated contrasts, Robert Morley’s goggle-eyed Almayer with his buffoonish home life vs. Trevor Howard’s dry, snake-like anti-hero vs. Ralph Richardson’s hammy captain.
March 01, 2014
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