In A High Wind in Jamaica a ship transporting a clan of British school kids is plundered by a Caribbean pirate (Anthony Quinn) and his crew in the 1870s.
The children stow away unknowingly on Quinn’s ship, and the tender Spaniard captain refuses to dump them overboard, though members of the superstitious crew want to do so. He tries to pawn them off on a whorehouse madam (Lila Kedrova) and then a Dutch steamer. Both attempts fail and the second one sparks mutiny on Quinn’s ship. Problems further complicate when one of the fearful 10-year-olds kills the Dutch captain.
A High Wind in Jamaica was based on Richard Hughes’s 1929 classic novel of the same name that was noted for comparing the unthinking heartlessness of hardened pirates with the amorality of children. Director Alexander Mackenrick had met Hughes when both worked at Britain’s Ealing Studios in 1950.
Cast: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Nigel Davenport, Isabel Dean, Gert Frobe, Dennis Baxter, Benito Carruthers, Lila Kedrova, Dennis Price, Viviane Ventura
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Producer: John Croydon
Director of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Editor: Derek York
Composer: Larry Adler
Screenwriters: Denis Cannan, Ronald Harwood, Stanley Mann
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 104 minutes / 1965