5.7/10
52,328
145 user 37 critic

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

Trailer
1:44 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
553 ( 129)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In this sequel to The Blue Lagoon (1980), two children are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together and eventually become suntanned teenagers in love.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Brian Krause, Milla Jovovich, Lisa Pelikan
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (TV Movie 2012)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two high school students become stranded on a tropical island and must rely on each other for survival. They learn more about themselves and each other while falling in love.

Director: Mikael Salomon
Stars: Indiana Evans, Brenton Thwaites, Denise Richards
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two children are shipwrecked on a desert-island and fall in love while growing up together.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Jean Simmons, Donald Houston, Susan Stranks
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Elva Josephson ...
Young Emmeline
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 ...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La laguna azul  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Gere turned down the lead male role. Coincidentally, the lead male role is called Richard. See more »

Goofs

Emmeline's hair changes length suddenly several times. 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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Abyss (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Critically underrated film that resonates with global audience
18 February 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I've never understood the critical slam this film has received. Then I saw the widescreen dvd version and understood; everyone has been watching it in pan and scan! The film is a visual poem. So much of the story telling is done through visual information. The impact of this is lost when the cinematography is altered. Remember that Nestor Almendros received an Academy Award nomination for his work on this film. The film has resonated with global audiences for so long for this very reason. I suggest people watch the dvd commentary with Randal Kleiser and Brooke Shields to get a better understanding of why this film is still such a popular one.

People attack the acting, but these are children left alone with no one to guide them into adult sophistication. Their interaction and reactions to situations are very consistent with this scenario. Yes, the birth scene is a little rushed, but do we really need to see the umbilical cord? Not all films need to be about gritty reality, ala "Taxi Driver." No one asks to see the bloody guts of the smashed witch in "The Wizard of Oz."

It is a beautiful, romantic film that speaks to millions of people. It seems that only the most skeptical cynics cannot embrace this film.


135 of 162 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?