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The Blue Lagoon (1980)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Elva Josephson ...
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Alan Hopgood ...
Gus Mercurio ...
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Lookout (as Jeffrey Means)
Bradley Pryce ...
Chad Timmerman ...
Infant Paddy (as Chad Timmermans)
Gert Jacoby ...
Sailor
Alex Hamilton ...
Sailor
Richard Evanson ...
Sailor
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

La laguna azul  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$58,853,106
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Reeve auditioned for the role of Richard but turned it down due to his commitment with Superman II (1980). See more »

Goofs

Richard and Emmeline have both come of age on an island away from civilization. Both are clean shaven, however. While a teenage boy may not sprout a full beard Richard should at least show growing sideburns and some peach-fuzz on the chin. He even references that he is growing "all these hairs" on his body. Likewise, Emmeline's armpits should be hirsute. How did they learn to shave and where did they get razors? See more »

Quotes

[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 To stigma (1982) See more »

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My all time favourite.
10 November 1998 | by 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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