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Director:
Writers:
Liam O'Brien (screenplay)
Max Catto (novel)
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Release Date:
18 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
48 HOURS OF TERRIFIC SUSPENSE AS NATURE GOES ON A RELENTLESS RAMPAGE OF DESTRUCTION ! See more »
Plot:
A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
Starsky And Hutch Star Hamilton Dies
 (From WENN. 2 January 2009, 4:08 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
pretty much the way to make a movie See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Spencer Tracy ... Father Matthew Doonan

Frank Sinatra ... Harry

Kerwin Mathews ... Father Joseph Perreau

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Jacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
Grégoire Aslan ... Marcel (as Gregoire Aslan)
Alexander Scourby ... The Governor

BarBara Luna ... Camille (as Barbara Luna)
Cathy Lewis ... Matron
Bernie Hamilton ... Charlie
Martin Brandt ... Doctor Wexler
Louis Merrill ... Aristide Giraud

Marcel Dalio ... Gaston
Tom Middleton ... Paul, Co-pilot
Ann Duggan ... Clarisse
Louis Mercier ... Corporal
Michele Montau ... Margot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Citizen (uncredited)
Earl D'Eon ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Louis (uncredited)
Max Dommar ... Grellou (uncredited)
Janine Grandel ... French Woman (uncredited)
Moki Hana ... Sonia (uncredited)
Warren Hsieh ... Napoleon (uncredited)
William Keaulani ... Constable (uncredited)
Guy Lee ... Tavi (uncredited)
Robert M. Luck ... Captain Olsen (uncredited)
Ma Ma Loa ... Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Mancuso ... Hawaiian Boy (uncredited)
Tony Maxwell ... Antoine (uncredited)
Pearl Rose ... Hawaiian Girl (uncredited)
Robin Shimatsu ... Marianne (uncredited)
Nanette Tanaka ... Fleur (uncredited)
Norman Wright ... Fouquette (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy  (as Mervyn Le Roy)
 
Writing credits
Liam O'Brien (screenplay)

Max Catto (novel)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Production Design by
John Beckman (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor (as Charles J.Rice)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects (uncredited)
Willis Cook .... special effects (uncredited)
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Milton Feldman .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
126 min
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Color:
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2006) | USA:Approved (Certificate #19964, original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (DVD)

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Trivia:
The volcano in this film was built from scratch in farmland outside Fallbrook, California. Each shot required packing with hundreds of pounds of explosives and a carefully-orchestrated "eruption" to be filmed by the cameraman seated on the front skids of a helicopter. One eruption went off a little early and nearly took out the chopper, burning off the cameraman's eyebrows and some of his hair. Because the eruptions looked so good, this ersatz volcano provided stock footage for decades of other films, commercials, etc.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scenes in the village during one eruption, the ground splits. The trench into which the loose soil falls to create this effect can be seen even before the dirt disappears.See more »
Quotes:
[first title card]
Title Card:"It is hard for a man to be brave when he knows he is going to meet the DEVIL at 4 o'clock"
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
pretty much the way to make a movie, 21 November 2010
Author: drystyx from United States

This pretty much the way to make a movie, and a movie that is 8/10 is a film, so this is pretty much the way to make a film as well.

It is one of those that is best seen without a spoiler, without knowing what will happen, because there are some surprises in store, as a drama becomes a high octane action adventure.

In order not to spoil it, I will say it is the story of three convicts on an island, who establish a working relationship with a priest and his young replacement. Like most "cult" films, the characters appear to us as clichés at first, and then emerge into multiple dimensions, pretty much the way people appear to do so if you meet them in real life, so this is very fair.

Tracy and Sinatra are gigantic names, and easily recognizable. But while they do superb jobs, they wouldn't be enough to make a movie great. This movie is well written, with many great characters. The situations are believable, and all of the action is believable.

In fact, it is probably too realistic to be made today. It is a ride to be taken and not spoiled.

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