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Islands in the Stream (1977) Poster

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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Hart Bochner.
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Jerry Goldsmith repeatedly said this was his favorite score he composed.
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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.
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Second of two cinema movie collaborations of actor George C. Scott and director Franklin J. Schaffner. The first had been Patton (1970) around seven years earlier in 1970. That movie won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and scoring Oscars for both Scott and Schaffner. Ironically, Patton (1970) debuted in the same 1970 year that the Ernest Hemingway novel "Islands in the Stream" was first published.
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Steve McQueen turned down the lead role of Thomas Hudson claiming he'd retired from acting. The part in the end was cast with George C. Scott.
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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.
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When Ernest Hemingway's source novel was published for the first time in 1970, the book became one of the mostly hotly sought after literary properties in Hollywood.
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Some movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU'VE SEEN A REALLY GOOD MOVIE? Since you really fell in love with a picture. Where you felt a movie instead of just seeing one. Since you forgot you were in a theatre and thought you were in someone else's life. When you lost yourself in a story. Since you saw a movie that said something about life and love that you will take with you in your heart and mind long after the evening's over. How long has it been since you've seen a really good movie? If it's been too long then see 'Islands In The Stream'."
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Average Shot Length = ~5.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.9 seconds.
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The name of the island in the Bahamas was "Bimini". Showbusiness trade paper Variety said that "Hawaiian locations provide a superb physical backdrop (simulating The Bahamas, circa 1940) for the production".
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Star Billing: George C. Scott (1st), David Hemmings (2nd), Gilbert Roland (3rd) and Claire Bloom (4th).
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The film was made and released about seven years after the film's source novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway had been first published posthumously in 1970.
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The film was said in publicity to be one of Paramount Pictures studio most important releases that was filmed in the year of the American Bicentennial in 1976 (but not released until 1977 though).
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