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Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

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In this sequel to The Blue Lagoon (1980), two children are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together and eventually become suntanned teenagers in love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Hargrave
Courtney Barilla ...
Young Lilli (as Courtney Phillips)
Young Richard (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Emma James ...
Jackson Barton ...
Nana Coburn ...
Sylvia Hilliard
Brian Blain ...
Captain Jacob Hilliard
Peter Hehir ...
Alexander Petersons ...
John Mann ...
First Captain
John Dicks ...
Gus Mercurio ...
First Mate


While the general theme of this film resembles "The Blue Lagoon" (the film for which this is a sequel), the basic plot is quite different. We open the film with a ship finding the craft with our original characters in it, Richard and Emmeline dead and Paddy alive. Established in the first film, the only word Paddy ever says is "Richard", so the crew assumes Richard is the infant's name. Taken in by Sarah, a widow with an infant baby girl Lilli, Richard (Paddy) is cared for in a return to civilization. Struck by cholera, the crew of the ship start to die and the captain sets Sarah, Richard, Lilli and a healthy crew member on a lifeboat in an attempt to preserve their lives. With water and food running short, the crew member escorting Sarah and the children becomes dangerous, so Sarah takes the only course of action she feels suitable to preserve the children: she strikes him and throws him overboard. Taking control of the small craft, she eventually guides them back to the island of ... Written by Bree Pearson

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In a secluded paradise... surrounded by a coral sea, a boy and a girl grew up alone. Now they are experiencing the first awakenings of love. A love that can only be threatened... by discovery. See more »


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Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El regreso a la laguna azul  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)


$2,807,854 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Star Milla Jovovich said that this is the worst film she has ever done. See more »


Richard continually beats the shark swimming across the reef. A shark can swim from between 25-45mph whereas most Olympic swimmers can only swim about 5mph. He would stand no chance. See more »


scrolling text: [first lines - scrolling text] 1897 - Fifteen years before our story begins, two children were shipwrecked on an uncharted island. The little boy and girl grew up alone in this lost paradise. As man and woman, they discovered a pure and natural love. In time, a child was born. But in a tragic accident, they were driven out to sea away from their island. Drifting for days, they believed that their lives and the life of their baby were at an end. Then a passing vessel drew near...
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1991 (1992) See more »


Music by Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Produced by Dennis Lambert and Barry Mann
Performed by Surface featuring Bernard Jackson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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back to the beginning
11 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Richard and Emmeline Lestrange die leaving their son Paddy as the sole survivor. The rescue ship is overwhelmed with suspected cholera. Mr. Kearney, Mrs. Sarah Hargrave with her daughter Lilli, and Paddy renamed Richard are cast off in the lifeboat. Kearney threatens the toddlers and Sarah kills him. The trio ends up back at the original island. After Sarah's death, Lilli (Milla Jovovich) and Richard (Brian Krause) are left to themselves.

The story gymnastics are annoying as heck to make the sequel basically a repeat of the original. I'm sure anybody would be laughing with derision at the silly plot repeat. The original has the possibility of being a guilty pleasure. This is an unforgivable embarrassment for anybody who actually likes the sequel. I have nothing against the two young actors. Milla obviously has more acting abilities than the usual model. However, there is simply no point to this sequel for an unworthy franchise.

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