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The Blue Lagoon (1980)

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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Elva Josephson ...
Young Emmeline
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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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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

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La laguna azul  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sean Penn lost out to Christopher Atkins on the final day of auditions for the part of Richard. See more »

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A blue sailing ship passes by the island while the three kids are playing in the mud. When the ship turns to leave you can clearly see modern radar equipment high up on the mast. See more »

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[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 Simpsons: The Front (1993) See more »

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So much more than a movie
25 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last year I watched The Blue Lagoon for the first time and thought it was absolutely amazing. When I tell people this they usually laugh in my face and say that I only like it because of Chris Atkin's sex appeal, but that is not the only reason. This movie epitomizes Freud's theories of the id, ego and super ego- explaining these three branches of the human mind very effectively and creatively. It actually raised my interest in the subject of human psychology and sociology so much that I am considering it as a major in college. And who would have ever thought a buff man running around in a loin cloth could have given me direction in life?


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