Cinema: Kids Are Worse Than Pirates

A High Wind in Jamaica is a family picture with a ferocious theme. Like the quasi-classic novel written 36 years ago by British Author Richard Hughes, it is on the surface a conventional tale of piracy, kidnaping, and adventure on the high seas. And like the corrosive original, its deeper purpose is to fathom the psyches of seven stolen children whose innocence is only skin deep. Blood kin to the tykes in Henry James's Turn of the Screw or William Golding's Lord of the Flies, they are remote, ritualistic, amoral—natives of a savage Lilliput...

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