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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Blue Lagoon can be found here.
Two young Victorian era children—Richard Lestrange (Glenn Kohan) and his cousin Emmeline (Elva Josephson)—along with galley cook Paddy Button (Leo McKern) are marooned on an isolated tropical island in the South Pacific when their boat, on its way to San Francisco, goes down in a fire and their lifeboat is separated from the lifeboat containing Richard's father Arthur (William Daniels). In order to survive on the island, Paddy teaches the children fishing, hunting and building but, as the years pass and following Paddy's death, Richard (Christopher Atkins) and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) grow into teenagers and must deal with their sexual maturity with no adult to guide them.
The Blue Lagoon (1908) was written by Irish author Henry De Vere Stacpoole. The novel was adapted for the screen by American screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart. A sequel, Return to the Blue Lagoon was released in 1991. There are three other movie versions of The Blue Lagoon based on Stacpoole's novel: The Blue Lagoon (1923), The Blue Lagoon (1949), and Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012).
Shields was born in 1965, and the movie was released in 1980, making her about 14 to 15 years old at the time.
Em stepped on a stonefish, considered the most poisonous fish in the world. If stepped on, the venom in their dorsal fin spines causes intense pain, swelling, and can lead to death.
Richard, Em, and Little Paddy (Bradley Pryce), stuck in their rowboat without oars and a shark circling around them, begin drifting away from the island. After drifting overnight, Paddy gets hungry and eats some of the never-wake-up berries he tossed on the boat. Believing that Paddy is going to die, Richard and Em divide up the remaining berries, ingest them, and kiss each other one last time. In the final scene, a schooner carrying Richard's father pulls up alongside the rowboat. "Are they dead?", Arthur asks the ship's captain, who climbed aboard the rowboat. "No sir," he replies, "They're asleep."
In the book, the berries are identified as arita berries, which appear to be made up for the story, as there are no known botanical plants or berries referred to as "arita". The berries are described as some kind of powerful narcotic.
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