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81 Ratings


Directed by Basil Dearden
United Kingdom, 1959
Crime, Thriller


Basil Dearden’s bold, direct police procedural, starring Nigel Patrick as the detective in charge of the investigation, is a devastating look at the way bigotry crosses class divides, and a snapshot of late-fifties England’s increasingly interracial culture.

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Sapphire Directed by Basil Dearden

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1960 | Winner: Best British Film

1960 | 3 nominations including: Best British Actress

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1959 | 3rd place: Best Director

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1960 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

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