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Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Mary Hayley Bell (original novel), Keith Waterhouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Lee ... Bostock
Alan Bates ... The Man
Norman Bird ... Eddie
Diane Clare ... Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan Patricia Heneghan ... Salvation Army Girl
John Arnatt ... Superintendent Teesdale
Elsie Wagstaff ... Auntie Dorothy
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... The Vicar
Howard Douglas ... The Vet
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... P.C. Thurstow
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Detective
Michael Lees ... 1st Civil Defence Worker
Michael Raghan Michael Raghan ... 2nd Civil Defence Worker
May Barton May Barton ... Villager
Hayley Mills ... Kathy
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Storyline

Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus, and try to hide him from grown-ups. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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Today's hottest young star in her newest... and by far her greatest. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vent garde son secret See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shot largely on-location in the bleak countryside around Burnley in Lancashire. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, but especially when the children are in the barn discussing a name for the cats, the youngest boy can be seen mouthing the other characters lines before he says his own. See more »

Quotes

Kathy Bostock: [to Blake thinking he's Jesus] I didn't know you smoked.
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Connections

Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: Stag Night (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus' (uncredited)
Words by Joseph M. Scriven (as Joseph Scriven)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse (as Charles Converse)
Performed by Salvation Army band
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A sunday afternoon classic
9 May 2000 | by keenanchrisSee all my reviews

One of my favourite english films. Beautifully portraying rural Lancashire life in the sixties. The story is touching and marvellously played by all the children involved. One of the few films that can bring a tear to my eye, maybe because it reminds me of the child I once was in the sixties, but probably because it is a moving film and I suspect it would have the same affect on a native New Yorker. One of those old classics that if you haven't seen yet, you will be pleasantly surprised when you get round to it. You can take it as recommended!


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