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Outcast of the Islands

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1952
  • English
  • English


A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He’s sacked when he’s caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Our take

If you know British director Carol Reed only for his classic mysteries like The Fallen Idol and The Third Man, you’re in for a treat with this brilliantly eccentric cult film—a favorite of Monte Hellman! Based on a novel by Joseph Conrad, it a feverish and sinister tale of tropical colonialism.

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BAFTA Awards

1953 | 2 nominations including: Best British Film

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