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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Petula Clark was originally offered the role of Judy Hudson. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Elvis Presley: The Back Story, Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Datin'
Written by Fred Wise, Randy Starr
Performed by Elvis Presley, Donna Butterworth
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Blue Hawaii, Part II

If Hal Wallis had produced this little epic 10 years earlier, it might have starred his other contract players, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (with Lewis in the role of the little girl played by Donna Butterworth). If it had been made 10 years later, after "The Godfather Part II" made it fashionable to number sequels, "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" might have been titled "Blue Hawaii, Part II." It's not an official sequel, but that's a mere technicality. The only real difference between the two films is that this one is infinitely worse. Whereas "Blue Hawaii" was little more than a travelogue, it was professional looking with some decent songs and a star who still seemed to be in touch with some form of reality. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" is a grubby, grimy, cheap looking thing with a pudgy, seemingly zonked out Elvis warbling tunes so dreadful ("Queenie Wahine's Papaya," "Datin'"), they weren't worthy of the vinyl record on which they were pressed let alone a gold one.

Watching Presley in this wretched vehicle, one can only look on in amazement and wonder if this is, indeed, the same sneering guy who set the world on fire a decade earlier. This is a Twilight Zone Elvis in a movie for those curious to know how the state of mind known as "stunned disbelief" really feels.


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