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Islands in the Stream (1977)

PG | | Drama | 2 August 1977 (Denmark)
An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

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An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

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2 August 1977 (Denmark)  »

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The movie like the film's source "Islands in the Stream" Ernest Hemingway novel is divided into four parts or segments. They are: (1) The Island (2) The Boys (3) The Woman and (4) The Journey. See more »


When the boat is slowly cruising up the river in Cuba looking for refugees, a crew member's hand can be seen moving tree branches away from the camera. See more »


Thomas Hudson: I've always loved you and couldn't help it. I can't help it now. I wish I could be some real good to you. Maybe I can if I get by this one, and the next one, and the next one.
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References Patton (1970) See more »

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not a perfect film but far better than average
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

George C. Scott is at his best in this adaptation of a Hemingway story (which, if I'm not mistaken was left unfinished) about a man who, late in life, is experiencing regrets over the loss of time with his sons. The main character, like Hemingway, was married multiple times and always seemed to run out on them shortly after the children were born. As a result, his relationships with his three sons is strained, to say the least. It's obvious Hemingway was being autobiographical here, but unlike the lead in the movie who tries to make good (albiet late), Hemingway chose suicide over mending fences. At least the lead character TRIES to make a run from his tropical island home to the mainland to be with his kids full-time. To me, these parallel stories (true and fictional) makes this movie incredibly sad and wistful, while at the same time great acting and exceptional writing provide great impact as well.

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