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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

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Their wooden ship burns at sea and two children are left to survive alone, lost forever in a tropical paradise. But on one side of this island, they discover a dangerous mystery: dark, sinister. On the other side, they discover desire. See more »


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Release Date:

2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La laguna azul  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 2,450,217 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kathleen Turner tested for the role of Emmeline but failed the audition. See more »


There are both macaws and cockatoos on the island. Macaws are from South America and Cockatoos are from Australia. 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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Referenced in The Sprinter (1984) See more »

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My all time favourite.
10 November 1998 | by (New Plymouth NZ) – See all my reviews

When I watch a movie and it ends leaving me to wish it had gone on for another hour or so, I am happy and I regard the movie as having fulfilled it's purpose. For me that is a yardstick of enjoyable entertainment. In this movie that did actually happen twice, first when the children grow up and again at the conclusion. Whatever one wants of a movie is very personal I quess, as for me, I want to be transported away, and this movie did that. I like to see beautiful people and beautiful scenery, and this movie suplied May be that is lack of discernment and escapism on my side, but I think it is OK for the movie industry to keep people like myself in mind too.

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