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Nate and Hayes (1983)

A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

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A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

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Partners in Piracy. Rivals in Romance. Allies in Adventure. See more »


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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Savage Islands  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$815,160, 20 November 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,963,756
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The Captain William Henry Hayes' nickname of "Bully", the name used for the Tommy Lee Jones character in this film, has two origins that have been put forward. The first is that it is derived from the Samoan language's "Bulli" which translates as evasive or elusive. The second, and more likely, is that it is a reflection of his bullying personality and character, where Hayes intimidated people including his crew, given his reputation of notoriety. See more »

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As Hayes and his crew stop Ben Pease in the streets of Samoa we see he is clearly surrounded. In fact people and Hayes' remaining crew cut off the escape route. However when Pease makes his escape away from Hayes, the crew and everyone that cut him off are standing to the sides of the road giving him a clear path. See more »

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Captain Bully Hayes: You sound like a very sad and bitter old lady, Ben.
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Great film, shame about the title
25 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This terrific adventure did poor business on release, maybe due to the title : "Nate and Hayes" sounds more like a department store than a swashbuckler. The UK title, "Savage Islands", summed it up much better. As one other writer commented, the film has certain features in common with "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" but is actually much superior to the Spielberg effort. Tommy Lee Jones brings great charisma to the pirate hero, Michael O'Keefe is excellent as the pompous missionary who grows up in the course of the film, Jenny Seagrove is a meltingly beautiful yet spirited heroine and Australian actor Max Phipps is fine as the cruelly funny Ben Pease. There are rousing action sequences and a host of neat touches which suggest a lot of care went into the film.


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