Outcast of the Islands

Outcast of the Islands

Carol Reed (1951)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Joseph Conrad's bustling, disquieting tale about a self-seeking wastrel's calamitous impact on a group of Far Eastern islands has, sadly, been turned into a loud, disjointed and rather disagreeable picture by Carol Reed. Such is the haphazard nature of the script that incidents come and go at an alarming rate, leaving the usually poised Reed powerless to tie them into a cohesive narrative. There are compensations, however, notably the atmospheric use of exotic locations and the controlled performances of Ralph Richardson and Robert Morley, who show up to much better advantage than the excitable, top-billed Trevor Howard.


A clerk in a South Seas trading post gets involved in smuggling, betraying his employers and bringing about his own tragic end. Drama, starring Ralph Richardson and Trevor Howard.

Cast & Crew

Capt Tom Lingard Ralph Richardson
Peter Willems Trevor Howard
Elmer Almayer Robert Morley
Director Carol Reed

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD