United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 12 year old Gillie witnesses a Polish Sailor killing his girlfriend and manages to get hold of the gun. When the police question her about the gun, she concocts stories which only get her deeper into trouble. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, ...Tiger Bay
- Language : English
- Director : J. Lee Thompson
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 102 minutes
- Actors : Anthony Dawson, Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Marne Maitland
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- ASIN : B07YXLBXNJ
- Number of discs : 1
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Finely-honed characters with top actors made this a major box-office film in 1959 when the cinema was still thriving.
The star was young Hayley Mills who captured the hearts of cinema-goers with parts in several popular films which followed.
Not having seen Tiger Bay for years. I was glad to revisit it on dvd (doesn't seem to be on TV often) and at a good price, I was pleased.
It was Hayley's first big role. Father John also appears in this gripping murder tale which also stars Horst Buccholz.
The young sailor's girlfriend has been stringing him along and at the crux of a furious row he shoots her to death. Snooping Gillie sees it all. As events play out, a relationship develops between they two. He's her first infatuation. She's the only witness to a crime that could send him to the gallows. She takes his side. The detective on the case is played by dad, John. The sailor's ship will sail soon. The cops have nothing upon which to detain him except Gillie's unspoken testimony. Sounds simple enough.
I had forgotten just how good this movie was until I got the DVD from Amazon a few months back. Hayley's portrayal of a kid with attitude is an absolute tour-de-force. Vocal intonation and facial expression are right on the money. She is the best of the cast. But handsome Buchholz is also thoroughly convincing as a very young man way out of his depth. He is stricken with shame and misery at what he has done whilst in terror of the consequences.
This tensely developing crime drama and complex of motives that underlie the relationship between sailor and child are set against a truly authentic backdrop of working-class life on the cusp of the 1960's. It's well worth watching for that reason alone. But I also love the way childhood is presented with a candour and frankness that's sensitive without being sentimental. Spielberg should make a study of it. Although story centres upon a minor, it's still an adult movie. It hasn't been dumbed-down for kids. And they will love it all the more for such integrity. Just look at the way John knocks his daughter around!
Characters, relationships and plot development are perfectly paced. Photography and lighting is imaginative, with even a few noirish moments. Editing is all you could wish. It's a 1950's movie so criminals must get caught. But it'll keep you guessing right up to the bittersweet conclusion.
I love this work. It's like an amalgam of all the best elements from `Pool of London' and `Leon'. Honest-to-goodness story-telling.
Amazon's supplied DVD was tiptop. Very highly recommended movie for all ages. Oh - don't be fooled by the artwork; this is filmed in black & white. There's several interesting extras too.
Also a little gem is the scene where we see her in church, an angelic-looking choirgirl singing sacred music beautifully, whilst showing her gun off to a boy and doing a trade with him for one of the bullets. I think it was a stroke of good luck that she got a part originally written for a boy; perhaps this allowed a certain amount of outside-the-box thinking about the character and the temptation to make her just a lovable tomboy was avoided.
The film left me wondering why, given her obvious talent, she wasn't given more challenging stuff to do later. Whistle Down the Wind was an excellent film but once she got to Hollywood and achieved stardom, she acquired an image which had to be protected and it seemed that so far as the moguls at Disney were concerned, box-office receipts were more important than her development as an actress. Her Pollyanna image may have been a gold mine in the short term, but as she grew into a woman it was difficult to escape from, despite her best efforts. When I think of Saoirse Ronan, who sprang to fame at a similar age in Atonement, I wonder how Hayley Mills would have turned out if she had been given the opportunity to play the range of roles which Ms Ronan has.
The dvd extras include an interesting, present-day commentary by Hayley Mills. The Cardiff docklands community featured in the film has all but been destroyed by redevelopment but she mentions Neil Sinclair, one of the local kids with a small part in the film, who has written a couple of books on the history of the area. It's worth looking up his guided tours on YouTube.
The murderer is quite a decent sort,a normal guy who has been pushed too far so we the audience have sympathy towards him
The police lead by stalwart John Mills are on the case,lots of familiar faces in it,being the 1950s the film is quite moral,however it's a good watch
The extra commentary by Haley Mills is interesting to listen to,a good nostalgic dvd,would love to se it colorized