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Outcast of the Islands

Posted by martinteller on June 16, 2008

From a novel by Joseph Conrad, it’s the story of a scoundrel forced to flee Singapore and head for the outer islands, where he sinks even lower after falling for one of the natives.  Trevor Howard is terrific in the anti-hero role, but the rest of the cast is blah.  Wendy Hiller is a fine actress, but here her talents are wasted in a very small role.  The drama is something you can sink your teeth into, but Reed’s direction is lackluster, especially coming off of The Third Man.  There are a few noteworthy scenes, the rest of it doesn’t seem to have much heart or thought in it.  Also, it’s rife with lousy rear projection.  Rating: 7


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