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Molokai (1999)

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (original title)
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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Keanu Kapuni-Szasz ...
Malulani
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Jan Kleinejan ...
White Officer
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Dr. Trousseau
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Dr. Kalewis
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William Lebus ...
Reverend Appleyard
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Amon
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Randy Fyjimori ...
Kaho'ohuli
Richard Marks ...
Verger
Ryan Rumbaugh ...
Little Bishop
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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

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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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€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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William Williamson: So you were born a missionary?
William Williamson: No, not quite. I wasn't smart enough. I had to work very hard to pass Latin and theology.
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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 »

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E HELE MAI'OUKOU
Performed by Kalawao Choir and Band
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Could have been better
11 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This was an almost unrealistically ambitious co-production between Belgium and a whole bunch of other countries, but the many different sources of interference don't hurt the finished product as much as I thought it would. More funding brings more supplies, and that shows. Paul Cox may not be a particularly skilled director, but his country does appear to have a lot of money so it evens out. The visual style to this movie looks really professional, sometimes it'll give you a made for TV-vibe, but that will just be a sporadic feel. The screenplay has some pacing problems, but that doesn't mean it's slow. It just keeps randomly changing in pace, which isn't nearly as exciting as you'd think. There are bunches of scenes where there's nothing happening, but when father Damien ends up contracting leprosy, the movie suddenly looks like it's sick of itself and just takes every possible shortcut to the ending. I do like that very last line though, as corny as it may be, and it is very corny. The biggest plus this movie has is the performance by David Wenham. Hiring an Australian guy to play Damien sounds like the worst idea ever, but he's really authentic. He's pretty much why I kept watching. This movie is fairly well-made, but there's room for improvement.


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