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The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Elva Josephson ...
Glenn Kohan ...
Alan Hopgood ...
Gus Mercurio ...
Lookout (as Jeffrey Means)
Bradley Pryce ...
Chad Timmerman ...
Infant Paddy (as Chad Timmermans)
Gert Jacoby ...
Alex Hamilton ...
Richard Evanson ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La laguna azul  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 2,450,217 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dana Plato turned down the role of Emmeline due to her commitment with the TV series Diff'rent Strokes (1978). See more »


When Emmeline is teaching the baby how to swim, she calls Richard down to watch. When Em is holding the baby, you can hear a child laughing that doesn't match any of the actors. Later, you hear the toddler Paddy laugh and it sounds identical to the laugh heard before. See more »


[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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User Reviews

simply wonderful
5 April 2004 | by (Holland) – See all my reviews

This movie is simple, it captures what life is really about. Without the many special effects that is used in movies now and even in the past it is a absolutely wonderful movie.

A young romance blossoming between two kids who have known nobody else but themselves. They discover everything in life without all the interference of the rest of the world.

The low rating on this movie is unjust, it deserves a lot more then it is given, this is possibly one of the best movies I have ever seen.

It is absolutely wonderful for a romantic night just you and the television. And the nudity? it was exciting when I was younger, it becomes a bit too much as I am getting older, but it does not bother me. It fits the movie, the pure soul of the movie.

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