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The Island (1980)

R  |   |  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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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,000,000 (USA)
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The person played by Michael Caine is called Blair Maynard. The character has the same last name as the Royal Navy Captain Robert Maynard RN (c. 1684 - 4 January 1751), First Lieutenant of the HMS Pearl, who killed the legendary pirate Blackbeard in a fight. Such a connection is referred to in the film's story when the pirates make such an association with the same last names. 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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So-So film...Read the book.

"The Island" was written by Peter Benchley (Jaws, The Deep,). In my own opinion "The Island" is the best of Benchley's novels unfortunately the film pales in comparison. The is nothing glaringly wrong with the movie it just could have been better. I would, however, recommend this film to any fan of the pirate genre. Both the novel and the film come very close to realistically portraying the rather unglamorous life of the Buccaneers of Hispaniola. Forget Errol Flynn and his snow-white puffie shirt...These cut-throats were dirty, toothless, dregs.


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