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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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Publicity for this 1977 picture stated that it was the first film adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway work brought to the screen in two decades. However, this assertion overlooked Hemingway's The Killers (1964) from 1964. The film of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (1958) had debuted in 1958 around nineteen years earlier. See more »

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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 »

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Thomas Hudson: It's alright, Davey. It's alright.
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"It is all true."
14 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Islands in the Stream, Hemingway's posthumously published exercise in romanticised self-loathing about an ageing artist in self-imposed exile in the Bahamas in WW2 coming to terms with his failure as a husband and father and trying to make amends, reunited many of the key talents from Patton – director Franklin J. Schaffner, composer Jerry Goldsmith, cinematographer Fred Koenekamp and star George C. Scott – to almost universal audience indifference, but it's a surprisingly solid and engrossing film that gradually works its way under your skin. The kind of personal project that somehow usually heralds the end of a director's major works and the beginning of his descent into lucrative journeyman work when it fails to find an audience, it does build up a surprising degree of emotional power in the last third. Scott reins it in to good effect here: the scene where he realises the true reason for his ex-wife's visit overcomes the atrocious writing to deliver real suppressed emotional power, while his scene on the beach with Julius Harris where he knows he needs to move on but cannot bring himself to do it is genuinely touching. Aided by a well-cast David Hemmings as his rummy mate and a superb score by Jerry Goldsmith (the composer's favourite) that builds on the sea theme from Papillon and works much better on screen than on CD, it's well worth checking out, although be warned that in the marlin fishing sequence there is one bit of back projection so staggeringly bad you cannot understand why it was allowed to remain in the picture!


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