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The Blue Lagoon -- A sensuous story of natural love starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins...

The lush beauty and splendour of a South Pacific paradise is vividly captured in this version of Henry De Vere Stacpoole's 1903 novel.
Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. 

They learn to cope with the bewildering variety of physical and emotional changes that come with adolescence. As they begin to mature, their childhood affections lead to a sensitive and more profound love. But will they ever see civilisation again?

THE BLUE LAGOON is available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition from 10 April 2017
The Blue Lagoon -- Trailer for The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon -- Open-ended Trailer from Columbia Tristar


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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
2 July 1980 (USA) See more »
A story of natural love. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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So much more than a movie See more (150 total) »


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Directed by
Randal Kleiser 
Writing credits
Henry De Vere Stacpoole (based on the novel by)

Douglas Day Stewart (screenplay by)

Produced by
Richard Franklin .... co-producer
Randal Kleiser .... producer
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros (director of photography) (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Robert Gordon 
Casting by
Vic Ramos 
Art Direction by
Jon Dowding 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac 
Makeup Department
Irene Walls .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Bogart .... production manager
Barbi Taylor .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bogart .... assistant director
Mark Piper .... second assistant director
Art Department
Allen Brown .... art department staff
Ken Hazelwood .... construction manager
Nick Hepworth .... property master
Clive Jones .... art department staff
Gregg O'Connell .... constructor
Gerry Powderly .... constructor
John Taylor .... art department staff
Nicolaas Van Roosendael .... property buyer
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... re-recording mixer
Paul Clark .... production sound mixer
John Duffy .... sound editor
Chris Goldsmith .... boom operator
William Hooper .... assistant sound editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Emile Razpopov .... sound effects supervisor
Special Effects by
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Jeffrey Kleiser .... special optical effects
Kathy Troutt .... stunt coordinator
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Kathy Troutt .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Brostoff .... assistant camera
Ray Brown .... key grip
Peter Lyons Collister .... insert photography (as Peter Lyons)
Ian Dewhurst .... electrician
Jack Endacott .... assistant camera
Tony Holtham .... electrician
Roger G. Jans .... still photographer
Vincent Monton .... additional photographer
Ron Taylor .... underwater photographer
Valerie Taylor .... underwater photographer
Paul Thompson .... second grip
Hal Trussell .... gaffer
Peter Lyons Collister .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rosalie Joseph .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aphrodite Kondos .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Lorenzo DeStefano .... apprentice editor
Dolly Gordon .... assistant editor (as Dolly Fendel)
Location Management
Philip Worth .... location manager
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Sam E. Levin .... music editor
Brian May .... music coordinator
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Basil Poledouris .... conductor
Sydney Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (as The Austrailian Symphony Orchestra)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Bernadette Franklin .... production assistant
Chi-Chung Fu .... graphic artist: titles (as Chi Chung Fu)
Marilyn Giardino .... script supervisor
Dan Harary .... regional publicist
Fred Harding .... auditor
Rosalie Winkler Karalekas .... production coordinator (as Rosalie Winkler Trencher)
Dessie Markovsky .... dialogue supervisor
Gary Moore .... seaplane pilot
Warwick Ross .... production assistant
Martin Simpson .... unit doctor
Helen Watts .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blue Lagoon" - Australia (pre-release title), International (English title) (informal short title)
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104 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2005) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL (1981) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video and DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Spain:T (TV rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:TV-14 (S) (TV Rating) | USA:R (certificate #25800) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Jennifer Jason Leigh was the original choice for Emmeline, but her father, the late Vic Morrow, made her turn the role down.See more »
Continuity: The rainy day gives way suddenly, and the beach is very dry.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Legit: Love (#1.3)" (2013)See more »


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62 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
So much more than a movie, 25 December 2004
Author: Etooze from United States

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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