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86 Ratings


Directed by Basil Dearden
United Kingdom, 1959
Crime, Thriller, Drama


A pregnant college student named Sapphire Robbins is murdered in London’s Hampstead Heath. When police superintendent Robert Hazard discovers that the victim was a light-skinned black woman passing as white, it upends his initial assumptions.

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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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