|Sat 6th February||4.30pm|
Dir: Bryan Forbes | USA | 1961 | 95 mins
Cast: Hayley Mills, Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird
Alan Bates and Hayley Mills star in this enduring childhood fable, a classic British family film, about three Lancashire children who, finding a criminal hiding out in their barn, come to believe that he’s Jesus Christ. Led by the eldest Kathy (Mills), the children protect Blakey (Bates) from the adults around them, including the police who are keen to find out his whereabouts. Adapted by Keith Waterhouse from a story by Mills’ mother, Mary Hayley Bell, it’s a touching parable about the power and limits of religious faith, and the displacement of childhood innocence and certainty with the onset of adulthood.
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