John Sayles on

A High Wind in Jamaica

Released 1965
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Director Alexander Mackendrick was unhappy with studio changes to his work, but this unsentimental critical and boxoffice failure remains a compelling adaptation of Richard Hughes’ disturbing Lord of the Flies-like novel about hapless pirates undone by their juvenile captives. Harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler’s symphonic score is first rate. Note James Coburn’s positioning in this trailer as a hot young star-to-be. Look for acclaimed author Martin Amis as the kid who falls from the brothel window.

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About John Sayles

John Sayles is an actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist. His most recent novel, A Moment in the Sun, is now available in paperback and his latest feature (his 18th!), Go For Sisters, will attempt to sneak into theaters this September. He would rather watch a good trailer than a bad movie.