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The Island (1980)

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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 ...
Don Henderson ...
Dudley Sutton ...
Dr. Brazil
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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Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$10,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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This was Jeffrey Frank's only film appearance. See more »


Beth: What's that?
Blair Maynard: It's a drug called cocaine.
Beth: What does it cure?
Blair Maynard: Insecurity.
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References Long John Silver (1954) See more »


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Terror on the High C+
12 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Ritchie's telling of Peter Benchley's novel "The Island" is a true study in contrasts. "The Island" stars Michael Caine as Blair Maynard, an investigative reporter from NY in Miami looking into a rash of mysterious disappearances involving pleasure craft near the Caribbean island of Navidad. While on a fishing trip with his son, they are captured by a band of buccaneers directly descended from the fearsome 17th century pirate L'Olonois. The younger Maynard (Jeffrey Frank) is adopted by the murderous clan while Blair is kept alive only long enough for him to act as stud for a widowed pirate wench. Can he escape and rescue his son before he has outlived his usefulness? The contrasts in this film are not so much with the material as with the actors involved. The set-up scenes with the fishermen and the pleasure boaters are acted with the conviction and style of an in-house furniture store commercial. The night scenes are so poorly lit that one might need Braile subtitles to follow the action and the ending is a true letdown. On the other side of the doubloon -- the film is true to Benchley's meticulous research into the habits, tactics, speech and appearance of his piratical villains and Jean David Nau and his crew are well acted by David Warner and others. The pirate colony is an interesting glimpse into how the pirates may have existed in the 1600's and the suspense building up the pirate attacks is heart felt indeed. Not a cinematic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but for those with a thirst for adventure and an interest in pirates, this movie delivers.

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