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Whistle Down the Wind

Wide-eyed girl (Hayley ‘That Darn Cat!’ Mills) discovers obvious non-Christ (Alan ‘Once Upon a Tractor’ Bates) to consternation of dad (Bernard ‘Dangerous Davies’ Lee). Meanwhile, in the West End, Netto composer (Andrew ‘Book Tower’ Lloyd-Webber) spots musical cash-in opportunity (Jim ‘Total Eclipse of the’ Steinman) and completely ruins original script (Keith ‘Happy Apple’ Waterhouse).



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    “Leave ‘er alone, Patt-oh!”

  2. Richardpd

    September 23, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Nice “of it’s time” romp, typical of the time when most low budget British films were still in black & white.

    It’s amusing to see how long the children realised Alan Bates wasn’t Jesus, the request for cigarettes seem to be the moment the penny drops.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    September 25, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Of more innocent times, would children really believe an escaped convict was Jesus these days or think he could stop a kitten from dying, when one very upset child finds his kitten very much brown bread. Yet a good film and always like the scene where the local bully appears whistling some song about a corporation dust cart and getting smoke in his face from a steam train to act tough.

  4. Tom Ronson

    May 23, 2022 at 12:20 am

    This film is absolute emotional napalm. Apart from the obvious Christ parable and the general trampling of childhood innocence, it throws dead kittens and one of the nastiest (and most believable) playground bullies into the mix, along with the still-shocking revelation that Alan Bates’ desperate crim is a murderer. If you don’t cry at least once whilst watching this, you have a lump of coal where your heart should be. Also interesting to see that Roy Holder, Timothy’s mate from Sorry!, looked like that even when he was about ten.

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