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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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Cast

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

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Budget:

€7,436,800 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Father Damien: Hello. You are English?
William Williamson: Yes. I was a medical assistant in Honolulu and I got the blasted disease myself. A lesson to you.
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Great Heart (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

O Christmas Tree
(or "O Tannenbaum")
Written by Ernst Anschütz
Sung during the Christmas service
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Well worth watching
21 September 2002 | by (NH) – See all my reviews

This story is quite faithful to the facts of the life of this remarkable Belgian priest who chose to live in a leper colony while still a man in his early 30's even though he knew it to be a permanent assignment and a death sentence.

The horrors of the leper colony were conveyed realistically while still giving a focus that would allow all but very young audiences to view it. The bureaucrats, both civil and religious, are well portrayed. -- (Derek Jacobi gives his usual fine performance in one of these roles.)

This is a "must see" for anyone who has never heard the story of Father Damien or knows little about the leper colony on Molokai.


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