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Director  Michael Powell
Screenplay  Emeric Pressburger
Country  United Kingdom
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Family
Language  English
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Release date  16 September 1972 (UK)
Writer  Emeric Pressburger (screenplay), Emeric Pressburger (story)
Music director  David Vorhaus, Patrick Gowers
Cast  Mark Dightam (John), Robert Eddison (Nick), Helen Weir (Mrs Saunders), Brian Worth (Mr Saunders), Esmond Knight (Doctor), Laurence Carter (Schoolteacher)
Similar movies  Sammy's Super T-Shirt, Haunters of the Deep
Tagline  When John meets an alien who feeds on electricity, things start to go wrong

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The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) is the last film collaboration by the British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the last theatrical film directed by Michael Powell. The film was made for the Children's Film Foundation.


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John (Mark Dightam) loses one of his pet mice, Alice, whilst on a school trip to the Tower of London. Upset back in class, he is sent home by his teacher for not paying attention during a lesson on electricity. Later that day on the London Underground, the train and everyone in it suddenly turns bright, vivid yellow. John's doctor (Esmond Knight) declares that the condition is harmless and should wear off soon, but that evening John hears noises from his television set and meets the eccentric yellow-coloured Nick (short for Electronic) (Robert Eddison). The pair return to the Tower of London in an attempt to find Alice, but they are menaced by Yeoman Warders and John is threatened with execution. When John is finally reunited with his pet, he awakes in class. Was his adventure actually all just a dream?


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  • Mark Dightam as John Saunders
  • Robert Eddison as Nick
  • Helen Weir as Mrs. Saunders
  • Brian Worth as Mr. Saunders
  • Esmond Knight as Doctor Ward
  • Laurence Carter as Schoolteacher
  • Patrick McAlinney as Supreme Beefeater
  • Lem Dobbs as Munro
  • Production

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    The film was the last collaboration by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They also brought in some of their old colleagues from The Archers, such as cinematographer Christopher Challis and actor Esmond Knight.

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    Location shooting took place at sites around London:

  • Tower of London, Whitechapel
  • Holborn tube station, Aldwych branch platform (as Chalk Farm tube station and Hampstead stations)
  • Hampstead tube station, Hampstead (exterior only)
  • Christchurch Hill, Hampstead
  • Hampstead Heath, Hampstead
  • Willow Road, Hampstead
  • Awards

    The film won a "Chiffy" award from the Children's Film Foundation. The "Chiffy" award was voted for by the children themselves.


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