Island in the Sun

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Featuring splendiferous on-location cinematography, this dramatic adaptation of Alec Waugh's novel tells the story of Caribbean lives torn assunder 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. It is a close race. While Mason plots to exploit rumors that he is part black to his advantage, Belafonte begins an affair with a white woman, Joan Fontaine. Meanwhile, another white man begins a relationship with Belafonte's ex-girl friend Dorothy Dandridge and Mason's little sister Joan Collins dreams of marrying Stephen Boyd, the son of the governor and to this end allows herself to get pregnant. When Mason begins fearing that a snooty wanderer has been dallying with his wife, murder is added to the steamy brew.


James Mason
as Maxwell Fleury
Joan Fontaine
as Mavis Norman
Harry Belafonte
as David Boyeur
Dorothy Dandridge
as Margot Seaton
Joan Collins
as Jocelyn Fleury
Michael Rennie
as Hilary Carson
Diana Wynyard
as Mrs. Fleury
John Williams (II)
as Col. Whittingham
Stephen Boyd
as Euan Templeton
Patricia Owens
as Sylvia Fleury
Basil Sydney
as Julian Fleury
John Justin
as Denis Archer
Ronald Squire
as The Governor
Hartley Power
as Bradshaw
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Critic Reviews for Island in the Sun

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  • 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.

    Apr 2, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Daring for its era, but creaky and unintentionally funny today.

    Feb 14, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Island in the Sun

  • Jan 14, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer

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