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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
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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 »
When Jerusha is in labor Abner times her contractions very closely with his pocket watch. Most pocket watches in the 1820's had no second hands, particularly one owned by a poor missionary. See more »
Excellent performance by Max Von Sydow as the self-righteous missionary with a narrow vision of redemption and worship. This movie is almost as infuriating as Michenor's novel. You will not believe the horrible changes wrought upon these beautiful natives done with the best intentions. Sad and lovely film.
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