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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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HURRICANE (Jan Troell, 1979) ** See more (17 total) »



Timothy Bottoms ... Jack Sanford
Piero Bushin ... Running Man

Mia Farrow ... Charlotte Bruckner

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

James Keach ... Sgt. Strang
Willie Myers ... Cpl. Morrah (credit only)

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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Roman Polanski was contracted by 'Dino De Laurentiis' to direct this film, but when Polanski fled to country to avoid prosecution on a sex-with-a-minor charge Jan Troell was hired to replace him at the last minute.See more »
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HURRICANE (Jan Troell, 1979) **, 6 May 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

In view of the disaster-movie cycle of the 1970s, somebody got the bright idea of remaking the John Ford classic THE HURRICANE (1937) – lavishing on it a considerable budget, a handful of stars, and the best that special effects wizardry could afford at the time; however, the end result was so dreadful (and old-fashioned) that the film proved a notorious flop!

The setting (adapted from a book by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, best-known for another adventure with an exotic backdrop, "Mutiny On The Bounty") is a South Sea island run by the American Navy; the arrival of the Governor's daughter causes a commotion – the newly-crowned native King forsakes his local girl for the white woman's charms; this obviously creates problems between the two sets of inhabitants, who do not wish to have their blood mingle…but, before the situation can be resolved, the Forces of Nature contrive to mete out their own form of justice (via the titular catastrophe).

Jason Robards Jr. is the Governor, Mia Farrow his daughter, and Dayton Kane the young ruler; besides, Max von Sydow is a doctor, Trevor Howard a priest, Timothy Bottoms a Navy officer (with feelings for Farrow) and James Keach as Kane's hostile keeper (the latter having been convicted of his fiancé's death, who drowned after fleeing a ceremony in which her virginity was to be ascertained!). Despite enviable credentials – producer Dino De Laurentiis, acclaimed Swedish director Troell, cinematographer Sven Nykvist, composer Nino Rota (whose contribution is particularly notable) and production designer Danilo Donati – the film is something of a snoozer, with endless footage devoted to local color and the unconvincing central romance…until the spectacular climax (but which still isn't really enough to redress the balance)!

Having re-acquainted myself with this (I'd already watched it as a kid), I hope someday to get a fresh appraisal of the Oscar-winning original as well; it was available on DVD very early into the format, but hasn't been re-issued since going out-of-print!

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