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All the nude scenes depicting Emmeline include a body double. Brooke Shields always had to have her hair glued to her chest for the other scenes.
After seeing the movie, John Gibbons, a herpetologist (reptile scientist) at the University of the South Pacific, realized that the iguanas that appeared in the film were a distinct species that had never been seen or documented by scientists before. Afterwards, Gibbons visited Nanuya Levu, the Fiji Island where the movie was made, and named the species the Fiji Crested Iguana.
It was the director's original concept to have the two grown characters play the entire film in the nude, which scared off many actors (including Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was the first choice for the female lead.) After Leigh passed on the project, the producers offered Diane Lane and Willie Aames the film after screen-testing them together in Mexico, where Lane was shooting a western...but the pair discussed the nudity together after the crew left and called a few days later to say they wouldn't do the film, either. With shooting set to begin in a matter of days, the desperate director agreed to let Shields make the film predominantly clothed, with a body double employed for the nude scenes. With that settled, the casting director returned to the thousands of audition tapes they'd made over the course of a year, and decided Christopher Atkins would be alright if he permed his hair to look more "savage."
Brooke Shields' original body double broke her back. The replacement body double was originally hired to catch or train dolphins, she was the right body-type, so she was used as a nude double.
The double for Chris Atkins was initially one of the seaplane pilots flying staff and crew from the Fiji mainland to the island where the movie was shot. He did most of the nude scenes with Brooke Shields's double as well as a few of the minor stunts.
Matt Dillon was the original choice for Richard but turned the role down.
Carrie Fisher turned down the role of Emmeline due to her commitment with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Sean Penn lost out to Christopher Atkins on the final day of auditions for the part of Richard.
Adapted from the 1788 French classic novel, Paul et Virginie, by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.
Brooke Shields was only 14 when the movie was made.
Christopher Reeve auditioned for the role of Richard but turned it down due to his commitment with Superman II (1980).
This was the ninth most popular 1980 movie at the U.S.A. and Canada box office.
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John Travolta auditioned for the role of Richard, but turned it down.
Although the movie received lukewarm reception in the United States and was panned by a lot of critics, it is a highly popular nostalgic movie in some former socialist countries (like Romania and Hungary), as well as in Brazil, and is frequently reran on television.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh was the original choice for Emmeline, but her father, the late Vic Morrow, made her turn the role down.
Lou Diamond Phillips and Molly Ringwald both auditioned for the two lead roles, and even screentested numerous scenes together, which are included on the DVD version of the film as bonus features.
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This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
Lori Loughlin was offered the lead role but turned it down.
Dana Plato turned down the role of Emmeline due to her commitment with the TV series Diff'rent Strokes (1978).
Isabelle Adjani was offered the role of Emmeline, but turned down the part.
Debra Winger turned down the role of Emmeline, in order to play Sissy in Urban Cowboy (1980).
Kathleen Turner tested for the role of Emmeline but failed the audition.
Charlene Tilton turned down the role of Emmeline due to her commitment with the TV series Dallas (1978).
Sean Young tried to audition five times for Randal Kleiser for the part of Emmeline that went to Brooke Shields.
The first of two times that Brooke Shields plays a character stranded on an island. She would do so again in Quantum Leap: Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 (1992).
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Richard Gere turned down the lead male role. Coincidentally, the lead male role is called Richard.
The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.
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Gus Mercurio, who played the First Mate at the end of the film who said, "No, sir, they're asleep," after finding Emmeline, Richard and Paddy's boat, also appeared at the beginning of Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In the sequel, he's the First Officer on the ship who picks up Paddy (renamed Richard) and gives him to Lisa Pelikan.
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