In her first major acting role, Hayley Mills plays a lonely 10-year-old who witnesses a murder and is abducted by the sailor-killer. In a dramatic and deeply moving climax, the young, tortured seaman must make the most imp... more »ortant decision of his life.« less
"I first saw this movie at Goose Bay AFB in Labrador on a cold winter's night at the base theatre. I had no idea what was being shown, nor had any of the other GI's who attended that evening. Near the end of the film there is a particularly exciting moment and the entire audience - well over a thousand guys! - gasped with astonishment! At the end there was applause and shouts of "Great movie!" Several of us followed the movie as it wound its way to the many theatres on the air base, and we took others who hadn't seen it who were also deeply moved by the story. Over the years, now on video tape and DVD (Hurrah!) this "little" movie never fails to deliver its huge emotional impact. Hayley Mills (pre-Disney) and Horst Buchholz (pre-Magnificent Seven) will break your heart and then restore it. A truly great motion picture, one once discovered is never forgotten! If you haven't seen it you are missing one of the all-time classic films!"
Must Own Movie
M | Lighthouse Pt, FL United States | 06/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tiger Bay takes place in Cardiff, Wales. An 11 year old girl is the only witness to a murder of a woman by her sailor boyfriend. The child is followed after the murder to a church, where she sings in the choir. After the service the murderer corners the child in the church. A confrontation ensues. This was the acting debut of Hayley Mills on whose shoulders rest the core of the movie. Her father John Mills plays the police inspector who tries to discern the truth from the child. Horst Buchholz is the sailor who committed the murder. This is one of the finest films you are ever likely to see."
Affecting Movie of Subtle Truths
M | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You'll remember this movie - in part because of the imaginative details it employs, in part because it is entirely outside any "formula". It has a suspenseful plot, but it also has so many smaller qualities of truthfulness about children and the ways adults interact with them and accept or don't accept them.I don't know why the British do this so very well - think of The Fallen Idol or Whistle Down the Wind (also with Hayley Mills) which are also wonderful. These three movies let you observe the children and don't push things down your throat. Almost all the characters in these three movies are sympathetic, yet in sharp conflict.The direction and editing are first-rate, the performances by all are excellent, the plot is exciting."
Haunting, touching; a classic
J. K. Smith | Bay Area, California | 08/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I, too, saw this film first many years ago, then again recently, and I am still amazed at its power, for such a "little" film. An intriguing storyline, acted with great depth by young Mills and the rest of the cast. Seeing this makes you understand why Mills was such a hot property when young, and how Disney failed to use her properly. This ranks with the best of the "art" films of the late 50s and 60s; a true find."
Tiger Bay Roars
reelgood | NY, NY United States | 12/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Directed by J. Lee Thompson who brought you "The Guns of Navarrone" and "Cape Fear", Tiger Bay is a top notch suspense film. The 13 year old Haley Mills plays a tom boy who sees a murder by Horst Buchholz ("Magnificent Seven"). Of course, the killer sees the little girl who is the only person who can identify him and comes after her. Her true life father, John Mills, plays the police investigator in charge of this murder case. Haley Mills performance is riviting and won her a special award at the Berlin Film Festival."