CastPeter Finch, Mary Ure, Natasha Parry, Robert Flemyng, Michael Hordern, Grégoire Aslan Release dateDecember 1957 Based onnovel by James Ramsey Ullman WriterJames Ramsey Ullman (novel), Jill Craigie (screenplay) Similar moviesPeter Finch appears in Windoms Way and A Town Like Alice
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Windom's Way is a 1957 British thriller film directed by Ronald Neame set during the Malayan Emergency. It was nominated for four British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards in 1958.
The film was based on a novel by James Ramsey Ullman. Film rights to Windom's Way were bought by Carl Foreman, who wrote the script. He sold the rights to this and two others to Earl St John of Rank Film Productions. The script was rewritten and 'Anglicized' by Anthony Perry. Perry's draft was considered too "political" and was rewritten by Jill Craigie to be softened. However the resulting work was considerably more left wing than Rank's other colonial war films of this time such as The Planter's Wife and Simba.
Ronald Neame had just left The Seventh Sin (1957) during production. He was contacted by his old producing partner John Bryan who suggested Neame make Windom's Way with Peter Finch.
"It was not a successful picture, I'm afraid," said Neame later. "I think it fell between two stools, neither politically profound nor exciting enough as an action film. John just liked the book very much and I would have directed anything to get back to the studios again."
Finch made the film immediately after returning from Australia where he made Robbery Under Arms. Part of the location shoot took place in Corsica.