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Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy | 15 June 1966 (USA)
Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.

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Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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$2,500,000 (USA)
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Goofs: When Rick, Lani, and Jan fly the helicopter over Waimea Canyon on Kauai and land on a beach to swim, the beach is actually on O'ahu not Kauai. The hat shaped island near the beach is Mokoli'i near Kaneohe Bay on O'ahu. See more »

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When Elvis is piloting the helicopter, interior shots show the woman and the dogs blocking his view and hampering the flight. In the same scene with the helicopter coming toward the camera, it's easy to see the pilot is alone. See more »

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Scratch My Back (Then I'll Scratch Yours)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley & Marianna Hill
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It's no wonder poor Elvis went over to the dark side
3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you were Elvis and had to make this sort of film time and time again, you'd have been on drugs too. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" can easily be confused with "Blue Hawaii" - both take place in Hawaii, both are about the travel business, both have women in them. But there are differences. Elvis was drop-dead gorgeous in "Blue Hawaii," there were some great songs, and it had Angela Lansbury in the cast.

By the time this movie was made, Elvis looked out of it and he was stuffed into a tapered shirt. Back in the old days, they used to teach actors to pull their stomachs in when standing in profile. No one told Elvis. In some scenes, he looks as if he doesn't know where he is.

There is no plot, just dazzling scenery. The songs are rotten. Donna Butterworth as the daughter of James Shigeta is excellent - what a voice. James Shigeta is good as well. There are a few good scenes - the one in the helicopter with the dogs is one. I'm sure I can think of more... The excuses for Elvis to burst into song are tragic.

It's amazing how such an important career was peppered with so many unimportant films, thanks to his management, i.e., Colonel Parker. Elvis could have dumped him and gone to anyone in the world, but he was a hillbilly with enormous gifts, belief in his own power not being one of them. He was confident with his music, but he was superstitious and felt he couldn't make without Colonel Parker. It's a shame - as brilliant a career as Elvis had, it could have been so much more. He could have toured Europe and Japan, for instance - if only Colonel Tom wasn't in the country illegally. And he could have made better movies. The offers were there, but Colonel Tom was afraid of losing control.

So Colonel Tom held a tight rein on Elvis. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" is one example of his brilliant management of one of the greatest talents that ever existed. Proceed at the risk of being hulaed to death.


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