Whistle down the Wind

Whistle down the Wind

Bryan Forbes (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this daring allegory, Alan Bates plays a dishevelled murderer on the run who's confronted by three Lancashire children who think he's the persecuted Jesus Christ deserving of their protection. First-time director Bryan Forbes treats his material with heart-touching gravity and delicacy, and the symbolism only starts to come to pieces when the grown-up need for justice intrudes. Young Hayley Mills - her mother wrote the novel on which this film is based - is wonderfully wide-eyed, while Bates, as the ambiguous stranger, gives one of his most involving performances.


Three children become convinced that a bearded murderer taking refuge in the barn on their Lancashire farm is Jesus Christ, and do their utmost to protect him and conceal his presence from the outside world. Drama, based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell, starring Alan Bates, Hayley Mills, Bernard Lee and Norman Bird.

Cast & Crew

The Man Alan Bates
Kathy Bostock Hayley Mills
Mr Bostock Bernard Lee
Eddie Norman Bird
Nan Bostock Diane Holgate
Charles Bostock Alan Barnes
Jackie Roy Holder
Raymond Barry Dean
Director Bryan Forbes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD