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The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003)

G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  29 August 2003 (USA)
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When a storm washes a canoe bearing an infant boy ashore upon a small South Pacific island, he is at first well-received as a gift from the heavens, even to the point of the tribal chief ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
George Henare ...
Malio Chief
Tama (as Joe Falou)
Alvin Fitisemanu ...
Chief Steward
Kayte Ferguson ...
Peter Sa'ena-Brown ...
Miriama's Father
Hori Ahipene ...
Jim Perry ...
Malio Elder
Sima Urale ...
Goeretti Chadwick ...
Malio Seductress
Tausani Simei-Barton ...
Young Tama
Fokikovi Soakimi ...
Young Mahana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esela Alo ...
Young Man
Miriama's Mother


When a storm washes a canoe bearing an infant boy ashore upon a small South Pacific island, he is at first well-received as a gift from the heavens, even to the point of the tribal chief adopting him as a successor. However, with time as hardships are blamed upon Tama (as he is named), he is finally outcast to live with the poorest people on the island, Mahana and her drunken father. Mahana is considered homely and undesirable, but Tama feels differently, so when he is old enough to build a craft to sail away, he vows to return for her one day. A lucky stroke brings him to land upon the island of the legendary Johnny Lingo, the wealthiest trader in the islands, and after years of service to him, Tama has learned much about life and himself as he dreams of honoring his pledge to Mahana. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Malio Chief: We are indeed honored by your visit and look forward to hosting the celebrated Johnny Lingo. In fact, we intend welcoming him with a feast.
Chief Steward: Please accept the juice of the noni as a gift from Johnny Lingo to the people of Malio Island. A feast will be the perfect opportunity for Johnny to select a bride.
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Nice fun flick. Although a bit clichéd.
25 February 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The Legend of Johnny Lingo starts off strong and keeps itself going through the whole movie. You will notice the way it tells it's story at a normal pace and doesn't drop off the deep end and bore you to death.

A castaway pacific Islander infant recently washed up on one of the islands is taken in by the Island chief (Whale rider's "Rawiri Paratene") to be heir to the chiefs throne. The child is named Tama. However after a series of misfortunes the chief rejects him of this role and passes him to another family. However after bringing bad luck he is soon passed on from family to family until he is taken in by the island drunk and his stubborn daughter Mahana. Both him and Mahana, endlessly abused, begin sticking up for each other and form a close bond. However after being harassed up to his teeth Tama is fed up and longs to leave the island for a better place. Leaving Mahana behind so she can take care of her father, Tama promises to come back to take care of her. After being shipwrecked on a more wealthy Island Tama is taken in by the legendary Johnny Lingo destined to fill in his shoes after his time is up.

Sometimes the humor is over done and clichéd but the story and characters maintain a strong balance which leave it's flaws in the dust. Nice little flick. Recommended for anyone and maybe a family or two. 8/10

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