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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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Peter Benchley (screenplay)
Peter Benchley (novel)
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Release Date:
13 June 1980 (USA) See more »
For three hundred years, a terrifying secret has been kept from the outside world. See more »
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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2 nominations See more »
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A Memorable Movie See more (65 total) »


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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
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
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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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

The name of the book that Dr. Windsor (Frank Middlemass) was reading was "The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence" (1977) by Carl Sagan.See more »
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 »
Beth:What's that?
Blair Maynard:It's a drug called cocaine.
Beth:What does it cure?
Blair Maynard:Insecurity.
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Movie Connections:
References Superman (1978)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Memorable Movie, 27 August 2011
Author: lpersons-2 from United States

I watched this movie many, many years ago, and like all good movies it left an impression on me. I think about this movie from time to time and remember it bringing out many emotions in me, mostly fear. I would love to watch it again if I can ever find it available. I don't remember to much about it, but loved Michael Caine and felt he did an excellent job in his role. This is a modern day pirate story, that seems to be probably fairly close to reality. I did not read the book so I can't compare the two. I figure that the fact that the movie has left such an impact on me all these years later, gives the movie a positive rating. I wonder if I watched it now if I would still enjoy it?

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