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Hero's Island (1962)

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On an island off the Carolina coast, an 18th century family is being besieged by murderous local fisherman. An outsider joins the family, aided by a mysterious stranger who turns out to be ... See full summary »

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Jacob Weber
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Kate Manx ...
Devon Mainwaring
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Nicholas Gates
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Wayte Giddens
Brendan Dillon ...
Thomas Mainwaring
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Dixey Gates (as Dean Stanton)
Robert Sampson ...
Enoch Gates
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Cullen
Darby Hinton ...
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John Hudkins ...
Bullock (as John Hudkins Jr.)
Bobby Johnson ...
Pound (as Robert Johnson)
William Hart ...
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On an island off the Carolina coast, an 18th century family is being besieged by murderous local fisherman. An outsider joins the family, aided by a mysterious stranger who turns out to be Blackbeard the Pirate. Written by <StJenna@aol.com>

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16 September 1962 (USA)  »

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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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