Pacific Destiny is a 1956 British drama film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Denholm Elliott, Susan Stephen and Michael Hordern. The screenplay concerns a young British couple who win the respect of the inhabitants of a South Pacific island during the colonial era.
British theatrical poster
|Directed by||Wolf Rilla|
|Produced by||James Lawrie|
|Written by||Richard Mason (screenplay)|
Jack Lee (adaptation)
|Based on||book A Pattern of Islands by Sir Arthur Grimble|
|Music by||James Bernard|
|Edited by||John Trumper|
|Distributed by||A British Lion Release (UK)|
Film credits show Samoa as the filming location.
The true story of inexperienced District Officer Cadet Arthur Grimble (Denholm Elliott) who arrives with his bride Olivia (Susan Stephen) on a remote Pacific island to work in the Colonial Service. He finds it hard to meet the approval of his superior, the Resident Commissioner (Michael Hordern), who had been expecting a more experienced man. The harder Grimble tries to please him, the more things seem to go awry, and he soon finds himself banished to a smaller neighbouring island. Olivia though is not as easily discouraged as her husband by the situation, and lends her support in a way that eventually meets with the approval of the island people.
- Denholm Elliott ... Arthur Grimble
- Susan Stephen ... Olivia Grimble
- Michael Hordern ... Resident Commissioner
- Felix Felton ... Uncle
- Peter Bathurst ... Uncle
- Clifford Buckton ... Uncle
- Gordon Jackson ... District Officer
- Inia Te Wiata ... Tauveta
- Henrietta Godinet ... Lama
- Hans Kruse ... Kitiona
- Moira Walker ... Voice-of-the-Tide
Leonard Maltin called it a "Boring (but true) story"; TV Guide again, though praising the performances of Elliott and Hordern, called it "a routine and boring story with a pretty picture backdrop": and British Pictures noted "A pleasant bit of colonial travelogue, most notable for being Britain's first fiction film in Cinemascope."
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