The Sailor's Return

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

During Queen Victoria's reign a sailor, Bell, returns home from duty in Africa, bringing with him a native bride, Shodeinde. Using her dowry the couple set up an inn in the English countryside, but the locals don't accept the black woman into their community. Bell fights with his sister and the local pastor over his love for Shodeinde, and the couple slowly...read more

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During Queen Victoria's reign a sailor, Bell, returns home from duty in Africa, bringing with him a native bride, Shodeinde. Using her dowry the couple set up an inn in the English countryside, but the locals don't accept the black woman into their community. Bell fights with his sister

and the local pastor over his love for Shodeinde, and the couple slowly drift apart. Soon their money runs out, and their newborn son dies. Finally Bell is killed in a fight with a local, and Shodeinde is forced to send her surviving son back to Africa. She herself is denied passage, however, and

lives out her days as a maidservant in the inn she formerly owned. THE SAILOR'S RETURN is based on a novel by David Garnett, one of the many fine British novelists of the pre-WW I "Bloomsbury Group." His contemporaries included E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, and Roger

Fry. The original novel is well-told and deceptively simple. The film, on the other hand, is a bit too simple and agonizingly slow. The countryfolk's prejudice is played so overdramatically that it overwhelms the slight story. The direction has little style, making this more of a soap opera than a

gripping drama. THE SAILOR'S RETURN had difficulty finding any theater bookings and eventually made its debut on British television in 1980.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: NR
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