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Hero's Island (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 16 September 1962 (USA)
In 1718 a recently freed family of indentured workers inherits the small uninhabited Bull Island off the Carolina coast. The family consist of husband and wife, one son, and a second son ... See full summary »

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In 1718 a recently freed family of indentured workers inherits the small uninhabited Bull Island off the Carolina coast. The family consist of husband and wife, one son, and a second son who they bought as a baby. The local fishermen who were already using the island think they own the island and attempt to force the family to leave, during which the husband is killed. The conflict over the island escalates as more people including a castaway, a fugitive from justice, and hired heavies join each side. Not everyone is who they seem to be or claim to be. Written by <StJenna@aol.com> & Donald Telfer

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What Island?
26 July 2002 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

My primary comment on this movie has to do with the geography. It supposedly takes place in the "Crown Colony of the Carolinas". There is a scene early on where the husband points to the four points of the compass and declares: greenwood (west), ocean (east), Carolina (south), Cape Fear (north). They identify this place as Bull Island but by his description it is really Oak Island. I lived on Oak Island just south of the Cape Fear River and take my word for it - there ain't no rocks there. The terrain must be Hollywood's vision of what this part of the east coast looks like. It is in what is called the Coastal Plain. There are no cliffs, there are no boulders, there are no rocks. There are sand dunes, salt marshes, and swamps. What's more the beaches face south, not east. James Mason's character is identified as Major Bonnett. There was a local pirate named Stede Bonnett whose exploits are well documented in this area, but to my knowledge no one ever referred to him as "Major".

Apart from the geographic inaccuracies, the acting is really disappointing. Despite notable performances from James Mason and a promising cast, the amateur, high school performance of Kate Manx (Kate Who?) the female "star" puts a damper on whatever promise this movie might have had. She must have thanked her lucky stars she was married to the director.


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