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Basics Critics:67Viewers:61Rusty:76
Notable as: Crime Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime Thriller, Detective fiction, DramaNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 92 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Basil DeardenMusic: Philip GreenCinematography: Harry WaxmanStars: Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Bernard Miles, Harry Baird, Rupert Davies, Paul Massie, Earl Cameron, Gordon Heath, Orlando Martins, Olga LindoProducer: Michael Relph, Earl St. JohnAward details: (details at IMDb)

Sapphire is a 1959 British crime drama. It focused on racism in London toward immigrants from the West Indies. The film was directed by Basil Dearden, and stars Nigel Patrick, Earl Cameron and Yvonne Mitchell. It received the BAFTA Award for Best Film and screenwriter Janet Green won a 1960 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Foreign Film Screenplay. It was a progressive movie for its time. Earl Cameron who played the part of Dr Robbins, Sapphire's brother, would appear two years later in another English film dealing with racial issues, the 1961 film Flame in the Streets. Dearden and Green later also collaborated on another 'social problem' film, Victim, although this one was focused on blackmail of gay men before the passage of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 provided limited decriminalisation of male homosexuality.

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