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The Island -- An investigative writer for a news magazine who doggedly tracks down one of the most baffling mysteries of modern times the disappearance of pleasure craft and passengers from one area of the Caribbean. It is in this area of the sea that descendants of seventeenth-century buccaneers, trapped in a time warp, persist in their marauding ways. Caine is captures by these pirates who need his services to help improve their degenerated gene pool. Caine's twelve-year-old son is converted to the pirates heathen ways and turns against his father.
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Writers:
Peter Benchley (screenplay)
Peter Benchley (novel)
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Release Date:
13 June 1980 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
For three hundred years, a terrifying secret has been kept from the outside world. See more »
Plot:
In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Rushed film adaptation of an excruciating novel bears both Pros and Cons See more (65 total) »

Cast

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Michael Caine ... Blair Maynard

David Warner ... John David Nau
Angela Punch McGregor ... Beth

Frank Middlemass ... Windsor
Don Henderson ... Rollo
Dudley Sutton ... Dr. Brazil

Colin Jeavons ... Hizzoner

Zakes Mokae ... Wescott
Brad Sullivan ... Stark
Jeffrey Frank ... Justin Maynard

John O'Leary ... Doctor #1
Bruce McLaughlin ... Doctor #2
James J. Casino ... Doctor #3 (as Jimmy Casino)
Suzanne Astor ... Mrs. Burgess
Susan Bredhoff ... Kate
Reg Evans ... Jack the Bat
Steve Gladstone ... Pirate
David Hart ... Attendant
Robert Hirschfeld ... Cook

Gary Hoffman ... Mr. Burgess

George Marshall Ruge ... Seaman #1
John Macchia ... Seaman #2
Ricky Rincon ... Manuel
Robert Thomas Salmi ... Ship Captain
William G. Schilling ... Baxter (as William Schilling)

Stewart Steinberg ... Hiller
Bob Westmoreland ... Charter Boat Captain
Mark Westwood ... Coast Guardsman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Ball ... CPO Zimmerman (uncredited)
Chris Bean ... Charter Yacht Captain (uncredited)

Christine Page ... Woman at Gun Range (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
Peter Benchley (screenplay)

Peter Benchley (novel)

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris 
 
Production Design by
Dale Hennesy 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Paquita Núñez .... hair stylist
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist (as Jose Antonio Sanchez)
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
Stan Winston .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alan Levine .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director
Peter Waller .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jack M. Marino .... property master (as Jack Marino)
Gary Martin .... construction coordinator
Dianne Wager .... assistant art director (as Diane Wager)
Tom Margozewitz .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Boekelheide .... sound editor
Tom Bullock .... supervising sound editor
Frank Cervarich Jr. .... assistant sound editor
Eugene Finley .... supervising sound editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... sound editor (as Vivien H. Gilliam)
Richard Hymns .... assistant sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobbe Kurtz .... sound editor
Norman Mau .... assistant sound editor (as Norman R. Mau)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Nicholson .... sound re-recording mixer
John Nutt .... sound editor
David Parker .... sound mixer
Clyde Sorenson .... sound mixer (as Swede Sorensen)
Karen Spangenberg .... assistant sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gregg Bond .... special effects artist
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Taylor .... matte photographer
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts
Fletcher Bryant .... stunts
James J. Casino .... stunts (as Jimmy Casino)
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (as Dave Cass)
Michael Cassidy .... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Erik Cord .... stunts
Bill Couch Jr. .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (as Chris Doyle)
Dean Engelhardt .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Bob Herron .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
John Hudkins .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts (as John Michael Johnson)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Clay Lacy .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
Bill Madden .... stunts (as William James Madden)
Grant Page .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunts
Ernest Robinson .... stunts (as Ernie Robinson)
George Robotham .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Philip Romano .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Paul Stader .... stunts (as Paul Stadler)
Bud Walls .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Georges Ferrière .... gaffer
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
Eugene B. Kerry .... key grip
Ron Knox .... gaffer
François Lauliac .... assistant camera
Margaret Miller .... assistant camera (as Margaret Ann Miller)
Neil Roach .... sea photography
Yves Rodallec .... camera operator
Brian Hamill .... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael Orefice .... gaffer: added scenes (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dee Miller .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Brown .... wardrobe assistant
Mary Malin .... assistant costume designer
Robert M. Moore .... costume supervisor (as Bob Moore)
Silvio Scarano .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Carolyn H. Abe .... first assistant editor
Aubrey Head .... color timer (as Aubrey L. Head)
Burton J. Sears .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Tronick .... music editor
 
Other crew
Gary Chason .... production assistant
Susan Dukow .... production secretary
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Hank Guzman .... location auditor
Ray Pratte .... united states coast guard advisor (as Lt. Commander Ray Pratte)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Brian Stuart-Young .... production assistant
Fred Zendar .... technical advisor (as Manfred Zendar)
Rod Ball .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
109 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:14 (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1980) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (cut) | Norway:15 (uncut) (2009) (DVD premiere) | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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 Superman (1978)See more »

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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Rushed film adaptation of an excruciating novel bears both Pros and Cons, 6 January 2006
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

I made darn sure to read the novel first, before pursuing the film itself. A real Benchley fan, I was curious about this film, as "Jaws" and "The Deep" had both left great impressions on film, as as the novels were packed with constant suspense. Well, I ended up reading the novel "The Island" only knowing one thing about it: Pirates. The book itself is a real piece of literature. This may be a single opinion by myself, but I was in utter shock, and at the edge of my nerves while digesting a novel filled with compelling action and suspense. It was my smart decision to first read the book, that ultimately set me with a certain understanding, which could have been a real misunderstanding otherwise.

The story has a man, Blair Maynard (Michael Caine), who, upon working for a magazine, eyes a news story about mysterious disappearances in a particular area off the coast of Florida. Against the wishes of his employer, Blair finds a way to put the story to good use, and decides to investigate the nearby locations surrounding the events. He does, however, have one problem: He has custody of his son for the time being. Swamped with this incredible story, Blair has no choice but to take his son along the expedition. Maynard also uses this trip as "bonding time" with his son. After numerous events (most of which are unseen in the film) lead them to a small resort island, a fishing trip on the side turns into a nightmare beyond words as Blair and his son are taken hostage, and held captive by a community of rough, gritty pirates. Blair is then used as a tool for petty survival tactics, while his son is brainwashed by the menacing beasts.

The book is, as I said, very hard to digest, as Benchley endures us with sordid, if not explicit details. A lot of people claim to despise the film, with various reasons counting. Some say it suffers from a lack in character development, or a rushed plot, or anything else that has been stated. Truth, a lot of complaints are made with good reason. The film is seemingly rushed, as most moments concerning the exposition of the story are missing in the film. Benchley wrote the script, so I find it hard to believe that a finalized print as it was, could be the result of his script. Either the film ran much longer, and was cut drastically by imposition of the studio, OR, Benchley kept straight to the book, without explaining certain elements that should have been looked over. In the full picture of things, this film is both loathed and adored. I personally had no problem with it. Seeing as I read the book prior to watching the film, I can attest to the fact that it does, in fact, go directly by the book, except for some segment that obviously didn't work.This film also marks the rumor that Caine walked on the set, and snubbed a check. Knowing the character development, and specific thoughts on marked incidents, I could read into the reality, and depth to which all the characters are representing. I guess what I am saying, is that if we all read the book, then watched the film, it would certainly be more acceptable and entertaining a film. For all I know, the film could actually be seen much friendlier if edited the right way. There could easily be a totally different film sitting in a vault somewhere such as Richard Donners version of "Superman II". I doubt we will ever know about it, or if that is even an accurate speculation. Even so, the film is interesting enough, if just a little rushed in the opening. It eventually slows it's pace, and makes for a good action film. My final stand is that it deserves at least a good watch. You might like it.

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