The Wastrel


1h 55m 1963

Film Details

Also Known As
Il relitto
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 4 Nov 1963
Production Company
Lux Film; Tiberia Film
Distribution Company
Medallion Pictures
Country
Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Wastrel by Frederic Wakeman (New York, 1949).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Duncan Bell, a wealthy alcoholic living in the West Indies, quarrels with his wife and leaves the cocktail party he is hosting to board his speedboat with his 10-year-old son, Cam. The boat explodes, and as the two cling to debris, Duncan reviews his past. He recalls how he met his wife, Liana, in Rome after the war and her supposed infidelity with Rudi, a playboy, in Paris. He also recalls the boredom which caused him to attempt to sail a yacht around the world before the crew abandoned ship, his subsequent acclaim as a hero, and the start of his drinking problem. In the water for 6 hours and close to death, Duncan begins to see things in perspective and determines to start his life afresh.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il relitto
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 4 Nov 1963
Production Company
Lux Film; Tiberia Film
Distribution Company
Medallion Pictures
Country
Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Wastrel by Frederic Wakeman (New York, 1949).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Rome opening: January 1961 as Il relitto; running time: 90 min. Original running time: 115 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1961

Released in United States 1961