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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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A story of natural love. 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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Isabelle Adjani was offered the role of Emmeline, but turned down the part. See more »


As Richard and Emmiline observe the crab coming out of the mouth of Paddy's "dead" body, you can see his nostrils flaring as he breathes. 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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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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