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Hawaii (1966)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  10 October 1966 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Lou Antonio ...
Rev. Abraham Hewlett
Torin Thatcher ...
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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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The fictional character of Malama in James A. Michener's book and subsequently in this movie, was based on Queen Ka'ahumanu, the actual ruler of Maui at the time of the missionaries' arrival in the islands. It was she who welcomed the missionaries onto the island, passed the laws against the sailors and who converted to Christianity shortly before her death, just as Malama does in the film. Malama was expertly portrayed in the film by Jocelyn LaGarde, a Tahitian actress who resembled the actual Queen Ka'ahumanu in every way except one... Queen Ka'ahumanu was supposedly very heavily tattooed. See more »

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Late in the film, when Hoxworth confronts Reverend Hale outside the church, while the shot is on the Reverend, from behind Hoxworth, there is a bright sun shining on both men; in the reverse shots of Hoxworth, there is no sunshine and the weather is overcast. See more »

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[reading from a proclamation to her subjects]
Queen Malama: Next law: Everyone will love Jesus.
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MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Loved the movie and have so written below.
18 November 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The movie was absolutely perfect in every way. The key to its power is that all viewers SHOULD have read the book at least once....ideally more than once, before seeing the movie. So many of the characters and story lines are much easier to comprehend and appreciate if one has read the book before even attempting to enjoy the richness and completeness of the epic story that Michner wrote, as it appears on the screen The book was glorious and fully half of it was not in the movie. As a result, many incidents that were shown in the movie were confusing because the book explained them in Michner's classic detailed style which ultimately created the outline that helped the story flow. Forget any misguided claims that the book was about dictatorship, etc. and READ THE BOOK.....only then will you understand that in the final analysis it simply is the story of a humble as well as stubborn and proud but frequently lonely and sad New England Christian Pastor's life and how he tried to do his best for the people that he touched and came to love, as he walked through that life with Jesus and God directing him. The ending of the movie was very touching and meaningful......those that read the book know why and understand. By the way, I have never heard a more thrilling and beautiful opening orchestral piece in any movie. I was fortunate enough to hear that song sung at one of Don Ho's shows many years ago.....the words of the song are as equally haunting and beautiful as the music when they speak not of the inhabitants of the island and their love for that paradise, but rather it is a song of the love the island of Hawaii has for the people who inhabit one of God's true Heavenly creations......the opening line of the song goes, "I am your island I wish you love....". See the movie again and revel in it's greatness and if you are really interested in enjoying the entire Mitchner experience please READ THE BOOK at least once before you attempt to do so. ALOHA!


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