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Savage Islands (1983)

Nate and Hayes (original title)
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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Partners in Piracy. Rivals in Romance. Allies in Adventure. See more »


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Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Savage Islands  »

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Did You Know?


In the 1970 biography 'Captain Bully Hayes: blackbirder and bigamist', Frank Clune stated that the real William Henry Hayes was often described as a "rogue, villain, cheat, swindler, barrator, buccaneer, bilker, bigamist, freebooter, polygamist, seducer, murderer, pirate, slave trader, robber, rapist, hooligan and bully" but was "never convicted in any civil court of law for any serious criminal offense". See more »


When Pegleg shoots one of Pease's henchmen in the alley, the gun is pointed slightly to the right of the camera, but the henchman is standing just to the left of the camera. See more »


Captain Bully Hayes: Not much of a drinker, are you.
Nathaniel Williamson: No.
Captain Bully Hayes: Well, it's a useful habit sometimes.
Nathaniel Williamson: Like now?
Captain Bully Hayes: [laughs]
Nathaniel Williamson: I'd like to apologize.
Captain Bully Hayes: For what?
Nathaniel Williamson: I was very quick to judge you.
Captain Bully Hayes: Aw, what do they say, son? Don't judge unle... , no, let's see, judge not, judge not, judge YE not...
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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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