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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 »


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Written by Robert Lowry
Performed by Mark Akaka
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An intimate, fascinating study, but strangely structured
20 June 2001 | by (Half Moon Bay, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly intimate look at some of Father Damien's experiences, but the dramatic structure of the film is often frustratingly fragmented.

Scenes of the authorities on O'ahu struggling with how to deal with the amazing man and his demands on behalf of his community seem to have been shot very hastily, and they fit poorly with the more carefully conceived segments from Moloka'i. Even there, the scenes with Peter O'Toole seem poorly integrated into the progression of the story.

Despite the participation of many top-flight actors and actual local victims of Hansen's disease, this film offers only fleeting, tantalizing glimpses of what could have been a tremendously powerful drama of the life of a man who may yet become an actual saint. In isolation, the leading performances are very fine, but the package failed to gel and the film is, finally, only a carefully-drawn series of vignettes.

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