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The Blue Lagoon (1980)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  2 July 1980 (USA)
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In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

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On a journey to San Francisco, Richard, his father and cousin Emmeline find themselves on a ship about to explode. Rushed to a lifeboat with Paddy Button, the two children escape while their father (and uncle) are on another lifeboat. In the chaos following, the lifeboats are separated. Paddy, Richard and Emmeline find themselves with no food and no water stuck in the middle of nowhere. After some time, the three come across an uncharted paradise, where Paddy quickly teaches the children fishing, hunting and building. After maybe a month or two, Paddy gets very drunk off a barrel of rum found on the island when they first arrive, and drowns in the middle of the night. Emmeline and Richard, now alone and very scared, move location and rebuild their island home. Many years later, the two young teenagers have developed a very real home, but hormones and feelings between the two strain their friendship, until Richard, who is still very determined to reach San Francisco, is let down by ... Written by Bree Pearson

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Two children are shipwrecked alone on a lost tropical island. Nature is kind to them. They thrive on the bounty of the jungle and the lagoon. The boy grows tall. The girl beautiful. They swim naked over coral reefs. They run in a cathedral of trees. And the warm winds, the tropic moon, the silk sand conspire to enchant them. When their love happens, it is natural as the sea, and as powerful. Love as nature intended to be. See more »


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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

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La laguna azul  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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SEK 2,450,217 (Sweden)
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Jennifer Jason Leigh was the original choice for Emmeline but her father Vic Morrow made the role turned down. See more »

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There are both macaws and cockatoos on the island. Macaws are from South America and Cockatoos are from Australia. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Emmeline: Richard, don't go out too far.
Young Richard: Em's a fraidy cat!
Arthur Lestrange: Richard! Emmeline! Come back here! This minute! And be careful!
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Not half bad...
25 March 2002 | by (USofA) – See all my reviews

'The Blue Lagoon' has long been considered a cult classic. However, the film is much more than that. Shields and Atkins, two gorgeous lead actors, are partially nude throughout the film, pulling the attention away from the beautiful story. Look beyond the skin displayed on screen...'The Blue Lagoon' is a great coming-of-age film. It is a film that I personally have enjoyed viewing time and time again. See it for what it is, and you will not be dissapointed. You may even decide to add this one to your collection, it is definately WORTHY!

This film should be remembered for displaying the best performances to date for Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. Shields is still in the limelight, for starring in a few cheap direct-to-video flicks and the surprise-hit show 'Suddenly Susan' from a few years back...and Christopher Atkins has appeared in a few films as well, most notably his role in the '96 film "It's My Party." However, Atkins career took a steep downfall and he lost much of his popularity from 'Lagoon' after he won the Razzie Award for Worst Actor for the movie 'A Night in Heaven' back in '83. Be sure to check out 'The Blue Lagoon.' I give it a good 8/10.


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