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Johnny Lingo (1969)

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Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Makee K. Blaisdell ...
Johnny Lingo (as Blaizdel MaKee)
Naomi Kahoilua ...
Mahana
Francis L. Urry ...
Trader Harris
Joseph R. TeNgaio ...
Moki's Counselor
Joseph W. Ah Quin ...
Moki
Malofou Maumasi ...
Tulo
Kent Fonoimoana
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Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. This causes quite a sensation on the island. A year later Johnny and his wife return for the first time since the marriage, and all find that something miraculous has occurred to Mahana. Johnny explains that by paying eight cows he proved that she was worth more to him than any other woman on the island. He gave her a great gift, that of self-worth. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The cows that are very integral to the film's plot were loaned by The Animal Husbandry Department of The Church College of Hawaii (later BYU Hawaii) and delivered to the principal filming location. A trail was hacked to keep the cows moving in a line and the camera camouflaged. However, the cows took off in all directions and refused to cooperate. Filming had to be moved to a spot west of the college, where the cows were accustomed to coming down a path every night to be milked. Fortunately the new location was very similar, and with the cows following their usual routine, the essential shot was soon "in the can". See more »

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Johnny Lingo: Think what it must mean to a woman, her future husband meeting with her father to discuss the lowest price for which she can be bought. And later, when the women of the village gather, they boast of what their husbands paid for them - three cows, or five. How does she feel, the woman who was sold for one, or two? This could not happen to my Mahana.
Trader Harris: Johnny, I've misjudged you. I thought you were thinking only of how important you would look to your friends, paying 8 cows for a wife. I didn't ...
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31 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Are you guys kidding? This is one of the worst films ever! The acting is atrocious, and there is almost nothing morally redeemable about the film at all. Racist, sexist, imperialistic--c'mon, get a life! The little 'slave' boy, grinning lackey slacker? Who just won't work reliably for the white trader? The idea that women's worth is to be measured on the basis of her looks (though admitting we can sometimes be wrong about it)???? That men set the value of all things, including women?

This is truly as bad as it gets. Too bad Mormon children --especially the girls-- have to grow up with this crap.


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