Island in the Sun

Island in the Sun

DVD - 2005
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Four different love affairs simultaneously wreak havoc in the lives of the inhabitants of a tropical paradise.


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Apr 02, 2019

VERY GOOD Darryl Zanuck 1957 film starring James Mason, , Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Collins, Michael Rennie, and Harry Belafonte in an interesting plot involving black/white racial romances plus on fictional Caribbean island.

Sep 13, 2015

The photography and the scenery are the real stars in this movie. This is a beautifully shot & processed movie. Vibrant beautiful colors. The scenery is breath taking. Several scenes where you look at the scene and think wow that is amazing, then they do a reverse shot; only to show a scene more beautiful.

The story is engaging as well. It is well acted; James Mason plays an unlikable weak character, and he pulled off really well.

It was very enjoyable.

Dec 12, 2014

It’s adultery, murder, and interracial lust beneath the tropical sun in this tawdry soap which shocked audiences upon its initial release and garnered a ton of racist hate mail for star Joan Fontaine. On the Caribbean island of Santa Marta, still under stuffy British rule, the insanely jealous scion of a wealthy plantation family discovers his bloodline is not as white as he would like it to be—a fact he tries to twist to his political advantage while his younger sister takes it as tacit permission to lower her moral standards. Meanwhile, on another part of the beach, a caucasian socialite finds herself wishing she had a little more black in her…namely the fiery young native with political aspirations of his own. It all comes to a head during Carnival when, amidst swirling masks and steel drum beats, dirty secrets will be laid bare, tempers will turn deadly, and the shackles of colonialism will receive a thorough shaking. A sensationalistic script and theatrical performances nevertheless do manage to address the issue of racism (from both sides) as well as racial identity. Pretty heady stuff for the 1950s even if time and shifting social norms have pretty well removed its sting.

nftaussig Feb 05, 2013

"Island in the Sun" explores the topic of interracial romance rather cautiously. For instance, we never see a white actor/actress kiss a black one. The film suffers from what appears to be an effort not to offend white audiences of the time. One of the extras is a documentary on Dorothy Dandridge. It is more interesting than the film.


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