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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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On an uncharted island... they have uncovered the mysteries of life. Now he must rescue her from the one thing that can destroy their love... civilization. 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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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$2,807,854 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The production team also displayed an exemplary concern about preserving the island's ecological balance during the making of the film. When a mile-long path had to be cut through thick jungle vegetation to get equipment to one of the film's more difficult locations, the chief of the local village assured the production team that it would grow back within a matter of months. 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 »


Richard: You remember when I wanted to go to the north side of the island, just because I couldn't.
Lilli: [glares at him] Yes I do. And I also remember what almost happened to you when you did go!
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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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Why? I mean was a sequel that necessary?
3 December 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The Blue Lagoon was a silent success with the audiences of 1980, not to mention one of the most controversial movies of all time. So, I guess the director just wanted to have the same amount of success, so he used the same story, just different characters.

Unlike the way the first one ended, Richard and Emily are dead when they are found, but their son, Patty soon renamed Richard after his father is adopted by the only mother on the ship, Sarah who has another child, a daughter, Lily played by a new successful actress, Milla Jovovich. When the ship takes another tragic turn by getting torn down by sea, Sarah, Richard, and Lily land "coincedentally" on the same island that Richard and Emily lived on. The house has change a bit, but I guess it can't always stay the same, but Sarah raises the children more different than in the first film, Lily and Richard know the ways of nature and let their love blossom after Sarah passes from being ill. When civilized men finally come to save Lily and Richard they begin to question the meaning of what is truly civilized and what is not.

Over all, I wouldn't say it's a bad movie, but it was just an unnecessary sequel. Because of the fact like I said, it's the same plot. Some great actors got their start though because of this film. So over all, I'm not going to give it a terrible rating, but the director could have thought this out a little more.


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