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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:
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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Dino De Laurentiis originally offered the role of Charlotte to singer Anne Murray, who declined due to recording schedules.See more »
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One of the last gasps of the original disaster cycle., 3 February 2005
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

1979 was a bad year for the disaster genre. There was the dreary City on Fire; the unnecessary Beyond the Poseidon Adventure; the risible Meteor; and the unbearably dull Hurricane. All disaster movies have essentially the same plot framework - that of an opening stretch which introduces varied characters with personal back stories; a middle stretch detailing the threat of a catastrophe; and a climax in which the characters have to cope after the occurrence of the said catastrophe. In Hurricane, we don't even know that a hurricane is coming until it arrives. There's no clue within the story. In fact, this is barely a disaster movie at all.... more a story of forbidden love and racial tension which climaxes with a disaster-movie-inspired sequence. The problem with the film is that the first 90 minutes are incredibly dull. We don't meet disparate characters; we don't suspensefully await the arrival of the hurricane; we don't even get an involving interplay among the people filling the screen. Rather, we are forced to endure a painfully uninteresting romance which blossoms between an uninteresting couple under the ruthless, disapproving gaze of an uninteresting tyrant.

In the 1920s, a beautiful young woman named Charlotte Bruckner (Mia Farrow) arrives in Pago Pago, a Pacific island under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Navy and lorded over by her uncompromisingly cruel father Captain Charles Bruckner (Jason Robards). The Captain hopes Charlotte will court Jack Sanford (Timothy Bottoms), a reliable young sailor who works for him, but Charlotte instead takes a fancy to native Mattangi (Dayton Ka'ne). There follows an almighty to-do, during which the enraged Captain tries to imprison Mattangi on a very trivial charge, bringing about a racial tension between the natives and the colonialists which is resolved by the arrival of a devastating hurricane.

After his Swedish masterpieces The Emigrants and The New Land, director Jan Troell made two awful attempts to make his name in America, firstly missing the target with the dismal Zandy's Bride, and hammering a further nail into his own coffin with this snoozer. (Roman Polanski probably breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing this film, as he was originally lined up to direct). Robards - usually a vibrant, invigorated screen presence - looks visibly subdued in his role here, while Farrow increasingly seems the wrong actress for her part. Even if you were to fast-forward through the tedious build-up to the hurricane sequence itself you'd still be disappointed. Although the special effects are impressive (at $22 million they should be!), the story-telling during the big, destructive finale is terribly muddled, and it's not very clear what's going on behind the lashing rain and thundering waves which wash across the screen. Hurricane is a disaster.

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