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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

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:
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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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
okay, I've now seen the film..., 24 August 2004
Author: Angelica_e_Tancredi from Perth

I've at last seen this 'disaster' of a film, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. I made it through the film quite easily, and I never found myself wanting to not watch the end of it. I actually watched it in 2 parts, and was quite anxious to watch the rest of the film. Among the things that could have been improved: the repetitiveness of the crashing tsunamis at the end was annoying, some of the film appeared to be edited rather poorly, and Nino Rota's music wasn't used enough in the second half of the film (the music sounds much better on CD). The cinematography for the film was superb, but the fact that this was a period film set on a small island, the colours weren't especially vibrant and were saturated, which took from it's beauty for me. The actual hurricane was incredible, and even surpasses todays special effects! Mia Farrow is a unique actress who I appreciate, but a lot of the rest of the characters apart from hers and Dayton Ka'ne's were weak. I suppose given the fact that the film had a good concept and good execution, the weakness of the script and extra characters can be quite easily overlooked. I enjoyed this film, and I think a widescreen DVD version will do the film justice. There are certainly worse films on DVD! I give it a 6 out of 10.

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