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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:

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€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 »


Father Damien: No, I want it true. I beg you, let me give you the last rites.
William Williamson: You're stubborn, Damien. No. I'm the one that got away. Don't worry, I'll say a good word for you on the other side.
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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 Father Damien: The Leper Priest (1980) See more »


Performed by Charles Kauhi Kaupu
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Sad and slow but very moving
20 July 2002 | by (Hamilton, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I saw this in a film festival just yesterday. It was not really the sort of film I would go to normally (I'm not really into religious themes in film). I already knew a little of Father Damien's story, and I had a fair idea of how the story would end but I was glad I saw it just the same. I wouldn't say I "enjoyed" it because the subject matter was in many ways depressing but in a way it was an inspiring story. It showed what one man can do to improve the lives of 1000-odd suffering people that the rest of the world has all but forgotten. Damien had a will of iron and he needed it to counter the resistance of the government and his superiors in getting the help he needed.

If this sort of theme appeals to you I'm sure you will appreciate the film, if you definitely don't like religious themes then it's probably better that you don't see it.

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