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Molokai (1999)
"Molokai: The Story of Father Damien" (original title)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  17 March 1999 (Belgium)
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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.

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Biography | Drama

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



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17 March 1999 (Belgium)  »

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Molokai  »

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€7,436,800 (estimated)

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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 »


Version of The Great Heart (1938) See more »


Written by Queen Liliuokalani
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Presents the best side of the human species
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This was a magnificent film. I had heard that there were some creative differences between director Paul Cox and other people involved in the film.

But this does not seem to affect the film in total. I found it a very moving uplifting film that presents the best the human species can aspire to. Like Mother Teresa and Gandhi Father Damian was probably a pain in the rear to the authorities civil and religious.

But that is the way of people who are so sure of their beliefs.

David Wenham, who is well known to Australian audiences, showed yet again what a talented actor he is.

The international actors who provided cameo roles were all excellent, particularly Peter O'Toole.

I've enjoyed Paul Cox's films many times over the years. They often win awards but are rarely major box office winners, But he has the ability to present the best of the human experience. He portrays real emotions and real people.

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