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Savage Islands (1983)
"Nate and Hayes" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 November 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathaniel Williamson
Max Phipps ...
Ben Pease
Grant Tilly ...
Count Von Rittenberg
Peter Rowley ...
Louis Beck
William Johnson ...
Reverend Williamson (as Bill Johnson)
Kate Harcourt ...
Mrs. Williamson
Reg Ruka ...
Mr. Blake
David Letch ...
Prince Tui Teka ...
King of Ponape
Pudji Waseso ...
Peter Vere-Jones ...
Gunboat Captain


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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He's a scoundrel... A hero... A lover of danger and the last of the adventurers... This is the story of Bully Hayes! See more »


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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Savage Islands  »

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The Bully Hayes character has also appeared in one movie, His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) where Charles Horvath played him. That picture's exteriors were also shot in the same South Pacific region. See more »


Durring the final assault on Hayes and crew his sidekick "Mr. Blake" is shot rather graphically suggesting that he has been killed, Yet we saw him alive and well during the opening part of the wraparound narrative story set after these events. See more »


Count Von Rittenberg: [about to duel with Capt. Bully Hayes] Captain Hayes!
Captain Bully Hayes: Admiral!
Count Von Rittenberg: Count!
Captain Bully Hayes: Whatever!
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Great film, shame about the title
25 January 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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