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Island in the Sun (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 August 1957 (Ireland)
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Set during the 1950s on a British-ruled Caribbean island, this drama deals with local politics, interracial relationships, social inequality, racism, adultery, and murder.


Robert Rossen


Alfred Hayes, Alec Waugh (novel)





Cast overview:
James Mason ... Maxwell Fleury
Joan Fontaine ... Mavis Norman
Dorothy Dandridge ... Margot Seaton
Joan Collins ... Jocelyn Fleury
Michael Rennie ... Hilary Carson
Harry Belafonte ... David Boyeur
Diana Wynyard ... Mrs. Betty Fleury
John Williams ... Colonel Whittingham
Stephen Boyd ... Euan Templeton
Patricia Owens ... Sylvia Fleury
Basil Sydney ... Julian Fleury
John Justin ... Denis Archer
Ronald Squire ... Governor Templeton
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Bradshaw


Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself confused on returning home when his romantic liaison with a white female tends to conflict with his political views. As rumor has it, an interracial screen kiss caused quite a commotion in the U.S. when this movie was released. The plot is further strengthened by a look at the lives of a white expatriate family also living on the island. The family has to deal with problems of infidelity, racism, and murder. Written by Warren D. Mottley <trident@toj.com>

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The place is the West Indies . . . the sun hides many things.


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This was the third and final movie featuring both Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge. The first two being Bright Road (1953) and Carmen Jones (1954) See more »


The story takes place on the island of Santa Marta, the oldest surviving city in Colombia, and the second oldest in South America, but for story purposes, identified as being British owned, and seeking its independence; 21st Century revisionists prefer to refer to its native inhabitants as "African Americans" for reasons of what they apparently consider political correctness. See more »


Mavis Norman: Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?
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Referenced in The Hustler: The Inside Story (2002) See more »


Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
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I have never forgotten this movie!
20 January 2009 | by inxs-1See all my reviews

This came out when I was 9 and my cousin and I saw it at a theater 7 times! It was the first time I gave any attention to an adult movie! I have seen it a few times over the last many years and It still is provocative to me. When I was 9 I did not fully understand the interracial thing, and I was brought up to ignore color. What I remember was imagining what happened when the film faded out at the height of intense moments. What me imagine happening is far worse than anything they could ever show on film. that fact that it was shot in a beautiful location was not lost on my 9 year old mind and for years dreamed of living in a beautiful island paradise. The music ie: title song I learned every word! Unlike others who saw this 30 years later and through adult eyes with agendas of their own, I lived the editing, the acting and the photography. I sometimes think people expect to much out of a movie. It is after all, just entertainment! Watch this movie, without preconceived notions of script, editing, story etc, enjoy it!

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Release Date:

2 August 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Island in the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago See more »


Box Office


$2,250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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