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Molokai (1999)

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (original title)
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The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.



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Complete credited cast:
Kate Ceberano ...
Princess Liliuokalani
Clayton Strawn
Father Leonor Fouesnel
Keanu Kapuni-Szasz ...
Mother Marianne Cope
Rudolph Meyer
Walter Murray Gibson
William Williamson
Father Conrardy
Brother Joseph Dutton
Dr. Kalewis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Agnew ...
Sister Leopoldina


The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, brief sensuality and mild language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

17 March 1999 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Molokai  »

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Box Office


€7,436,800 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leo McKern's final credited film role. He makes an uncredited appearance in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). See more »


Rudolph Meyer: You're a good man, Damien. But you had better learn to bend. Like those trees. The ones that don't bend break.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play over a scene of men on horseback with dogs searching a native village for lepers who have been hidden away by their families. See more »


Version of The Great Heart (1938) See more »


Performed by Kalawao Choir and Band
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Needed more depth
17 September 2003 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

Ok, so we have a Dutch/Belgium production, set & filmed in Hawaii, made by an Australian director with Australian, British & American actors. You can't accuse this film of not being an international concern!

Solid acting performances by many involved, especially Jacobi, Wenham & O'Toole. Sadly the script lacks depth in many areas, had the director & producers had not been at loggerheads through most of the shoot, this could have been dealt with.

Interestingly, Paul Cox still holds some bitterness over this. In a recent interview on the Australian TV channel, Showtime, Cox admitted the film was about 80% of what it could have been if he had his way & that there are too many "idiots" running the industry.

Not a great film but not bad either, worth checking out but could have been a more indepth film.

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