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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:
Blair Maynard
John David Nau
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Frank Middlemass ...
Don Henderson ...
Dudley Sutton ...
Dr. Brazil
Colin Jeavons ...
Brad Sullivan ...
Jeffrey Frank ...
Justin Maynard
Doctor #1
Bruce McLaughlin ...
Doctor #2
James J. Casino ...
Doctor #3 (as Jimmy Casino)
Suzanne Astor ...
Mrs. Burgess
Susan Bredhoff ...


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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A Ilha  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$10,000,000 (USA)

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This filmed adaptation of a Peter Benchley novel was the second from a Benchley novel made by the Jaws (1975) producers, David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck, that film having been the first. That movie had been a box-office hit but this film was a box-office flop. The Island (1980) was the third and final Benchley related movie that Zanuck & Brown produced as the pair had previously also made Jaws 2 (1978). See more »


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 »


Windsor: Are you wise enough to feel privileged by what you see here? You and I are the only living men to see what you lies before you now.
Blair Maynard: A bunch of arseholes playing Long John Fucking Silver?
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Superb modern day pirate tale!
25 May 2000 | by (LaGrange, Iliinois) – See all my reviews

I've always loved this movie. The first part of the film nicely details the troubled relationship between father and son (played by Michael Caine and Jeffrey Frank respectively)and helps you build a sympathy for them that then makes the final part of the movie all the more intense and gut wrenching as a result. As this is essentially a modern day pirate tale you can rest assured that there is no shortage of crusty pirate talk, filthy bodies (although the pirates wife's body makes for a pleasant exception to the rule)unrelenting carnage and David Warner,all of which add up to make a splendid entertainment! The locales are also lush and pleasing. You really have to love a film that can take such beautiful surroundings and add that edge of real menace and danger. The finale is a whole lotta fun too. Check this one out , it's a work of art!

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