Whistle Down the Wind

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Whistle Down the Wind is a 1961 British film, directed by Bryan Forbes.

It tells the story of some Lancashire farm children, who discover an escaped convict hiding in a barn and believe him to be Jesus.

The script was based on a book of the same name by Mary Hayley Bell; her daughter, Hayley Mills, played the leading role. Alan Bates played the man in the barn.

Local schoolchildren from the villages around Clitheroe, Lancashire were used as extras and in particular children from Chatburn Primary School became the "disciples" in the film.

The theme music from the film, by Malcolm Arnold, became a classic.

In the 1990s, Whistle Down the Wind was adapted into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman.

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