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Hawaii (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 10 October 1966 (USA)
An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

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Rev. Abner Hale
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Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
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Dr. John Whipple
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Charles Bromley
Jocelyne LaGarde ...
Malama Kanakoa - the Ali'i Nui
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Keoki
Ted Nobriga ...
Kelolo
Elizabeth Logue ...
Noelani
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Rev. Immanuel Quigley
George Rose ...
Capt. Janders
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Rev. Abraham Hewlett
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Rev. Dr. Thorn
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Mason, sailor
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Gideon Hale
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Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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James Michener's novel reaches the screen.

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10 October 1966 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hawaii was the top box office movie of 1966, Second was the Dino De laurentiis production "The Bible ...in the Beginning ". Despite the fact that Richard Harris appeared in both productions, he didn't appear in the list of Top Ten Box Office Stars that year. See more »

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In the opening scene, which is set in 1818, Jerusha is said to be 22, but a later shot of her gravestone has her born in 1799. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bromley: And this is my daughter, Miss Jerusha.
Jerusha Bromley Hale: I'm pleased to make your acquaintance, Reverend Hale.
[She extends her hand to greet him; he sneezes violently]
Abner Hale: Oh dear. Did I spray?
Charles Bromley: No, no, no, not at all.
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MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Epic-scale adventure drama or history lesson?
16 March 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Bumpy, overlong drama does have magnetic sequences that stay with you. New England reverend (Max von Sydow, who never elicits our interest or compassion) sails to the Hawaiian islands with his wife in 1820 to introduce the natives to Christianity. Soapy plot taken from James A. Michener's book tries to cram too many years into 170 minutes of screen-time. The task of adapting the mammoth bestseller was probably a bad idea right from the start, and the picture is certainly a botch, but I did enjoy Julie Andrews as von Sydow's wife and the early scenes have atmosphere and tension. But Max von Sydow is a real problem: he's so overly-pious he's pathetic, which is probably not the effect hoped for. Look fast for real-life Hawaiian resident Bette Midler on the Eastern ship as it arrives to the island. **1/2 from ****


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