Quite possibly better known for a notorious Playboy magazine spread than for its own cinematic merits, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea is one of the weirder artifacts of the wide-open American cinema of the 1970s. The Japanese setting of Yukio Mishima's novel is transplanted to the English seaside, where an adolescent boy has fallen in with a group of pint-sized fascists (they call each other by numbers, not names). The gang's idea of exploring "the center of reality" is vivisecting a cat, a ritual rendered in dreamlike, repellent detail. Meanwhile, the boy's mother (Sarah Miles) takes up with an ocean-wandering American seaman (Kris Kristofferson), their gauzy nude scenes providing voyeuristic titillation for the peeping son and audience alike (hence Playboy's interest). The combination of Lord of the Flies with the soft-core stuff makes a very awkward match, and the insistent touch of director Lewis John Carlino, who went on to make The Great Santini, does not help. Carlino's montage of shipboard pistons and pumps churning as the sailor arrives in town is a particularly unfortunate foreshadowing of the sexual gymnastics to come. Kristofferson, looking somewhat zonked as he often did in the '70s, is nevertheless effectively cast, and Miles, after Ryan's Daughter and Lady Caroline Lamb, practically had a patent on the sexed-up English (or Irish) rose in movies. Their efforts can't disguise the silliness of the execution. Still, those kids are truly scary. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great scenary and well acted , good vibs from stars , but a creepy story and one you will remember for a long time.Published on Feb. 9 2011 by Couchgrotan
I was in San Diego several years back and happened into a downtown video store. I was pleased to find a VHS copy of "Sailor" and couldn't wait to get home so I could watch Kris and... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
This film is a failure, I think because surely it's based over a complex novel. Cinema is good for action and image, but surely has his limits. Read morePublished on June 14 2000 by Carlos Vazquez Quintana
I was 22 when this first came out and was a clerk in a drugstore. I remember sneaking peeks at a layout Playboy had done of Kris and Sarah. Then I got to see the movie. Read morePublished on June 7 2000 by Common Sense ViewPoint
Ok - so I was in my late puberty years and Sarah Miles was the hottest thing on my mind - (BECAUSE OF THIS MOVIE) - I cannot forget this flick! Read morePublished on April 7 1999