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The Island (1980)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  13 June 1980 (USA)
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In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda's Triangle area. Maynard is divorced ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Blair Maynard
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John David Nau
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Beth
Frank Middlemass ...
Windsor
Don Henderson ...
Rollo
Dudley Sutton ...
Dr. Brazil
Colin Jeavons ...
Hizzoner
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Wescott
Brad Sullivan ...
Stark
Jeffrey Frank ...
Justin Maynard
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Doctor #1
Bruce McLaughlin ...
Doctor #2
James J. Casino ...
Doctor #3 (as Jimmy Casino)
Suzanne Astor ...
Mrs. Burgess
Susan Bredhoff ...
Kate
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In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda's Triangle area. Maynard is divorced and his ex-wife sends their son Justin to stay with him while she is traveling with her boyfriend. Maynard brings Justin with him and promises to go to the Disneyland with him. However he tells Justin that they will travel to the Bermuda's Triangle but their plane crashes in an island. Maynard rents the boat of the local Dr. Brazil to fish barracuda with his son. But they are attacked by pirates and Maynard kills one of them in self-defense. They are captured and find that they are trapped in an island with pirates under the command of John David Nau. Maynard is forced to be the substitute for the husband of the widow Beth and Justin is brainwashed and converted into a pirate. Now Maynard tries to find a way out from the pirate island. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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13 June 1980 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,000,000 (USA)
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In the film's story, the pirates are descendants of the French Buccaneers of Hispaniola. The secret enclave of them has been in existence since it was established by Jean-David Nau aka François l'Olonnais (c. 1635 - c. 1668) during the 17th Century. L'Olonnais was a real life pirate who was active in the Caribbean Sea during the 1660s. The pirate leader played by David Warner is also called Jean-David Nau, named after their legendary ancestor. See more »

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At the end, when Caine swings the machine gun around and kills the pirates, is an impossible act. The mount only settings in an outward arc, making it impossible to fire on the helo deck that way. See more »

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Beth: What's that?
Blair Maynard: It's a drug called cocaine.
Beth: What does it cure?
Blair Maynard: Insecurity.
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A rum do
11 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a true oddity. In some ways it could have been a good children's film, with oddball pirates and exotic locations, but unfortunately is full of nudity and violence, particularly at its gory climax. Some truly bizarre scenes, such as the pirate who sets light to his hat during raids, a mating ritual involving some kind of mud and an otherwise naked man who carries a leather pouch in front of his genitals when he turns up on a hunt party. Intermingled among this weirdness is some intended comedy, sometimes inappropriate, such as when one pirate sniffs another's feet during a burial at sea. No doubt it is things like this which has earned the film a cult status.

But viewed as an adult film, it makes little sense. This starts early in the film when a gun shop is quite happy to sell a weapon to a 12 year old boy (are US gun laws really this slack?). Next Michael Caine decides to take his son with him on what is a potentially dangerous trip (his son wants Disneyland). Next a wacko pilot (and his pet pig) take Caine and son to Navidad where they are flagged down when trying to land (no explanation for this is given) and the plane crashes. The pilot is remarkably chipper about this. And this is merely the first 20 minutes before we meet the pirates and their peculiar ways.

This bizarreness does make the film strangely watcheable.


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