Island in the Sun (1957)


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This dramatic adaptation of Alec Waugh's novel tells the story of Caribbean lives torn asunder by passion and racism. The story begins amidst a political race for control of the island between James Mason, the white, wealthy son of a prominent family and Harry Belafonte, a powerful black union leader.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Alfred Hayes, Lawrence V. Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 10, 2006


as Maxwell Fleury

as Mavis Norman

as David Boyeur

as Margot Seaton

as Jocelyn Fleury

as Hilary Carson

as Mrs. Fleury

as Col. Whittingham

as Euan Templeton

as Sylvia Fleury

as Julian Fleury

as Denis Archer

as The Governor

as Bradshaw
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Critic Reviews for Island in the Sun

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rossen (Oscar winner for All the King's Men) may not have been the right director for such a juicy and colorful ensemble melodrama, which at the time was considered audacious and controversial due to its handling of interracial relationships.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009

Daring for its era, but creaky and unintentionally funny today.

Full Review… | February 14, 2006
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Island in the Sun


The settings are very beautiful, the cast of fine actors all look gorgeous and perform well but the script is pretty much a dog and just sort of plods along with too many plots lines and too little drama.

jay nixon

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60/100. Another one of those in the middle movies. It's very well produced, the art direction is quite interesting. Beautiful cinematography and the Carribean setting makes it more quite beautiful. (Barbados mostly, and Grenada). The story is just too melodramatic though, as are the performances. The score is a little overdone at times as well. Good costumes. A waste of the lovely Joan Fontaine.

James Higgins

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