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Blue Hawaii (1961)

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

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Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Rated PG for mild sensuality | See all certifications »
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22 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Hawaii Beach Boy  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the passengers coming off the plane at the beginning of the movie inquires "Where did he go to basic training?" referring to Elvis. The Hawaiian greeter says "Hawaii". In 1958, Elvis actually went to Basic Training and AIT (Advanced Infantry Training) in Fort Hood, Texas just outside of Killeen, Texas before being shipped overseas to Germany. See more »

Goofs

When Chad is playing ukulele he is not changing chords, although the music is changing. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Corbett: Nobody cares about me, whether I live or die.
Chad Gates: Nobody seems to care because you don't seem to care about yourself. You have to care first, if you like yourself others will like you too.
Ellie Corbett: There's nothing to like.
Chad Gates: There's a lot to like if you wouldn't try to be something you're not. It don't work. I know. You're gonna find out now and save yourself a lot of grieve.
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the start of the end for serious Elvis movies
29 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is one of Elvis' greatest and fun movies it is a great shame that it was so successful, as it ruined the promise of a wonderful movie career for the King. The scenery and songs are unmatched and it is a fairly decent script, even after some sour comments from Angela Lansbury. Ms. Lansbury has constantly degraded this movie but she made a wonderful appearance as Elvis's mother, and I am sure gave her new fans. This movie was also responsible along with Hawaii Five-O as giving tourism to the Islands a big boost, but have the Hawaiian Tourist Bureau ever mentioned this. 40 years on it is still a treat to watch,and still surpasses some of today's so called "hot movies".Due to the popularity of Blue Hawaii El's management told him this was the way to go.Such a shame.


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