The desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and an American painter, against the will of her father. Amid this man-made tension comes a hurricane so devastating, the lives of the lovers and the entire island are imperiled.

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Dr. Danielsson
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Dayton Ka'ne ...
Matangi
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Ariirau Tekurarere ...
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Piero Bushin ...
Running Man
Noel Teparii ...
Tano
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The desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and an American painter, against the will of her father. Amid this man-made tension comes a hurricane so devastating, the lives of the lovers and the entire island are imperiled.

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There is only one safe place... in each other's arms.

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12 April 1979 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)
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Filmed entirely on location in Bora Bora. The island was not the tourist destination it is today, so the production effectively had to build its accommodation. Producer Dino De Laurentiis bought up a plot of land and had a luxury hotel constructed on it. Actor Trevor Howard later claimed that one of the reasons for the film's failure was because De Laurentiis was more interested in his lucrative real estate venture than in his movie. See more »

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What were they thinking???...awful remake of classic John Ford film...
10 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Although this is a remake of the famous and far superior John Ford masterpiece, HURRICANE manages to be one of MIA FARROW's least impressive jobs as an actress--not entirely her fault since the script, based this time on the Nordhoff-Hall novel, is a mess. It's really not the same storyline used in the Ford film.

The only similarity to the original is that it ends with a furious hurricane that cost $22 million to recreate but doesn't save the disastrously weak story from being anything but an unmitigated bore. The love interest is practically non-existent, consisting of close-up stares between Mia and her island sweetheart. Whenever there is any dialog, it's about as clumsy as can be. (Example: When he proposes that they elope, he says: "Come to the altar with the white flower--I will be there with the red.") Somebody should of been there with some directorial talent. Jan Troell falls far short of John Ford, as does the script. Usually, it's worth it to sit through a boring romance to see the howler of a hurricane. In this case, not so.


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