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There is only one safe place... in each other's arms.
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. | Add synopsis »
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Timothy Bottoms ... Jack Sanford
Piero Bushin ... Running Man
Alex W. du Prel ... Cpl. Morrah (as Willie Myers)

Mia Farrow ... Charlotte Bruckner

Trevor Howard ... Father Malone
Dayton Ka'ne ... Matangi

James Keach ... Sgt. Strang

Jason Robards ... Capt. Bruckner
Roo ... Fire Dancer
Nancy Hall Rutgers ... Mrs. Blair
Nick Rutgers ... Cmdr. Blair
Bernadette Sarcione ... Siva
Richard Sarcione ... Lt. Howard
Daniel Taea ... Mali
John Taea ... Faleiva
Simplet Tefane ... Velaga
Ariirau Tekurarere ... Moana
Noel Teparii ... Tano
Taeve Tetuamia ... Elder

Manu Tupou ... Samolo

Max von Sydow ... Dr. Danielsson

Directed by
Jan Troell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Norman Hall  novel
Charles Nordhoff  novel
Lorenzo Semple Jr.  writer

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Lorenzo Semple Jr. .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Michael McLean 
Production Design by
Danilo Donati 
Art Direction by
Giovanni Natalucci 
Giorgio Postiglione 
Set Decoration by
Danilo Donati 
Giorgio Postiglione 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Production Management
Pino Butti .... production manager
Anselmo Parrinello .... unit manager
Sound Department
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-synch dialogue director
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Bernardi .... special effects crew
Joe Day .... special effects
Aldo Puccini .... special effects
Glen Robinson .... special effects
Raymond Robinson .... special effects crew
Wayne Rose .... special effects crew
Jack Sampson .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Frank Van der Veer .... supervisor of photographic effects
Music Department
Chris Kelly .... music editor
Other crew
Cocò .... choreographer
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... production assistant
Luciano Tartaglia .... first assistant accountant
Hector Freeman .... production staff (uncredited)

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120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Iceland:12 | Netherlands:AL | South Korea:18 | UK:A (cinema release) (heavily cut) | UK:15 (video release) (uncut) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Kiss my paw paw baby., 15 July 2006
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

Have you heard the old LP or CD score for this film? It is one of the most exquisite suites of film music ever created. Memorable and infinitely playable at home. Friends say: "what is that lovely music?" and you say: "the love theme from Hurricane, you know, with Mia Farrow." They do not understand and you just keep sashaying about as you serve a tray of crackers with pineapple chunks. Sadly though, HURRICANE was a monumental disaster of its own when released in 1979. Here in Sydney Australia it played the 900 seat ASCOT Theatre, built for My Fair Lady (alas that never screened there) but found huge success with 70mm spectaculars like SWEET CHARITY and RYANS DAUGHTER, two films that struggled overseas but ran for over 12 months each in Sydney. Perhaps that was the reason HURRICANE went in, after all, the Ascot also had a 60ft cinema-scope screen, and HURRICANE looked as spectacular as SOUTH PACIFIC meets THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, given this film was set both in the 1920s and on Bora Bora. Within 2 weeks, the distributor sent another print to the theater. Gone was half an hour, and HURRICANE shrank from 120 mins to 90mins overnight. Other comments here complain about how boring it is, but really, it isn't, HURRICANE is quite exquisite, a bit silly, and a lot beautiful... then whoosh, mighty seas and winds that see our ukulele crossed lovers up a tree. Great special effects, a church squashed by a freighter in the middle of the storm, and that heavenly plunking and strumming. HURRICANE deserves re appraisal and a DVD release with extras, set and costume pix and clips, and maybe Mia Farrow and Timothy Bottoms hosting a chat. It was made with real heart and basically is a slow tropical drama with a mighty windy finale. But that music! Oh! so sublime.

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