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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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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Its great American success at the box-office was not generally repeated in Europe. So much of James Michener's novel was left out of this adaptation that a sequel, "The Hawaiians", was made in 1970, using additional material from the book. This, however, was a major box-office disaster. See more »
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Rev. Immanuel Quigley:
I wish you would reconsider Brother Hale. You'll be alone here, no church, no support... no friends.
In this place I have know God, Jerusha Bromley and Ruth Malama Kanakoa. Beyond that, a man needs no friends.
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From choice of cast to quality of production, this powerful story depicts human beings, of radically different cultures, in all our weakness and all of our soaring nobility. We truly must accept the good with the bad.
Even if you hate aspects of history, it doesn't matter. This motion picture is great theater. Humanity is put on display by gifted actors under gifted direction. The script strikes home because it is so spare and poetic.
It is a pity that of the cast members, Jocelyn LaGarde, who is the perfect alii nui--Queen of the Hawaiians--gets such a skimpy bio. Under her name, all we get is that she'd been six feet in height. What a natural actress! What an open smile! What powerful yet benign reality!
Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow stay deep in their characters. The tragedy of cultures' colliding never ends. On a personal level, we get that eternal conflict again, between the classically female value of compassion and the male value of standards--you know...you must earn your father's love.
What is special must be preserved. Nationhood must live. There is much grist for thought in this sweeping drama.
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