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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Good Movie,Good Performances but not exactly faithful to the second half of the James Michener Hawaii novel!, 20 March 2009
6/10

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What I really enjoyed about the Hawaiians was the story of how Hawaii came to be such a cultural melting pot. The Polynesians were the aboriginal peoples of the Hawaiian novels. Next came the American and European whites mostly missionaries or seamen. Then came the Chinese followed by the Mediterranean European Portugese and then the Japanese and Filipinos. Hawaiians movie does a great job of covering the Chinese immigrants at the beginning of the story Tina Chen and Mako did a fine job in the film as a Chinese Man and his second wife whom by Chinese law at that time was considered in reality a concubine. The scenes at the leper colony was very close to the original in the book and the rape of the beautiful Hawaiian leper girl Kinau who did not show except for one sign of the disease is also graphically depicted in the film. In the novel the concubine has all sons.In the movie version the concubine has one daughter.A character that has been created from Japanese and Chinese characters in the book.The Japanese former comfort girl mistress of Charlton Heston was actually a made from several different females in the book. Charlton Heston did a great job in his part but in actuality and no fault of his own but of the screenwriter his Whip character did not remain faithful to the book portrayal and Geraldine Chaplin her character should have been left out entirely since it was another streamline of other female characters. People who viewed this movie couldn't relate to Geraldine's Purity's character. She apparently was unhappy in her marriage gave Whip a son but didn't want to return to the marriage bed.Frigid and emotionally detached. She kept going back to her full blooded Hawaiian relatives and the church. She was comfortable with the old ways and not the new and certainly not her husband's sex drive. John Phillip Law plays the son of Whip and Purity who later married a Chinese girl the daughter of the Chinese couple was told to keep his quarter Polynesian blood a secret by his father. There was racism by the so-called Pure white stock against Caucasians who had a little of the Polynesian ancestry. Pure Polynesian Hawaiians weren't too happy at first with their children intermarrying with Caucasians or mainland Asian Chinese then Koreans or other island Asiatic groups like Japanese and Filipinos but it happened. Bottom line on this sequel-Good Movie but not what one could call faithful to a James Michener's novel. The Chinese storyline pretty much stayed close to the depiction in the book. The James Michener novel Centennial was better adapted to the small screen than this epic sequel.

4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Thoroughly entertaining sequel much better than the Irwin Shaw's own sequel to the story!, 20 March 2009
7/10

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This is a hard to find sequel but it is worth having. Performances were well done. Julie Prescott dies in an assignment in Vietnam. Falconetti is released from prison and is out for revenge against the entire Jordache clan,Dwight Dwyer and the significant others of the Jordache men. Rudy wants Falconetti back in prison.Wesley wants Falconetti dead. Billy and his step-cousin Wesley have a great friendship until Billy sleeps with Wesley's girlfriend and becomes pregnant.Wesley then takes up with Diane daughter of his Uncle Rudy's main squeeze (after Julie) Maggie Porter.Rudy also enters into a one time only affair with his late brother's widow Kate who is now the mother of his niece who does not appear in the story but only mentioned. Falconetti is revengeful indeed he murders Dwyer,Kate leaves town to get away from the vengeful Falconetti,beats up Wesley so bad that he ends up in a coma,tries to rape Wesley's second girlfriend in the series Diane Porter and stabs Billy. The instigated murder of his brother Tom,the murder of good friend Dwyer,Kate's fleeing town,Wesley in a coma due to being badly beaten,the attempted rape of his girlfriend's daughter and lastly the stabbing of his stepson Billy throws Rudy into a physical showdown with Falconetti in an alley.Falconetti this time is dead and Rudy either dead or near death as far as Billy goes he might have made it.Wesley might not have made it it's hinted that he might have went the way of his father Tom. Most of the first Rich Man Poor Man fans were not too happy with this sequel and wrote letters to the network at that time "Please no Rich Man Poor Man Book III". Sadly, four years later another sequel an official sequel novel by Irwin Shaw to the original novel came out which was absolutely horrible called Beggarman,Thief. No one from either cast was in the sequel. This sequel begins right after the death of Tom. Wesley is after someone tied in to his father's death but not Falconetti.Billy is not the son of Julie but of Gretchen Tom and Rudy's older sister whose character was combined with two other characters in Rich Man Poor Man Books 1 and 2 was played by Jean Simmons. Jean Simmons is a wonderful actress but she is no Gretchen Abbot Burke.Kate was an English girl just like in the novel and played by Lynn Redgrave. Kay Lenz played Kate as an American girl. Kate in Beggarman Thief had a son by Tom called Tom and Kate unlike the Kate in Rich Man Poor Man 1 and 2 hated Rudy's wife whom she rightfully blamed for Tom's Death.Billy ends up having an affair with a beautiful German terrorist called Monika who ends up dying as a result of being terrorist. Watching the two sequels to Rich Man Poor Man 1 I would say Rich Man Poor Man 2 was the better. Another problem with Beggarman, Thief is that it was a sequel that should have followed a remake of Rich Man Poor Man. Beggarman, Thief is to Rich Man Poor Man what Scarlet was to Gone with the Wind- LOUSY. In order to have a good sequel to an original one needs to have the same cast. Good examples: The Godfather Saga,Richard Lester's Three Musketeers trilogy and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A little Bram Stoker,A little Anne Rice,A little George Romero,A little Universal Films Mummy Movies,A little bit of Thor Heyerdahl and voilà you get this movie!, 24 December 2008
5/10

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My summary sums up my opinion. Let's begin with Bram Stoker's Jewel of the Seven Stars about a resurrected evil female mummy. A novel that has been filmed several times first in the 1960's as a TV movie,then in 1970 as Blood on the Mummy's Tomb,then in 1980 as The Awakening,then in 1986 as the Tomb and then again in 1999 as Bram Stoker's The Mummy. Then you have Anne Rice's Mummy/Vampire Akasha from the novels Queen of the Damned and Vampire Lestat filmed in 2002 with the late singer Aaliyah in the title role. Next three influences: George A. Romero in this movie you get mummies tearing out spines not flesh eating zombies. Universal Mummy films of the 1940's the sets in this movie even though the locale is about an Egyptian tomb found in California(?) are almost as good as some of the Egyptian sets in the Mummy movies of the 1940's and the film had some thrills and chills. Explorer Thor Heyerdahl who wrote the books Kon-tiki, Island Civilizations of Polynesia in 1970 with his Ra II sea vessel made of papyrus reeds like Ancient Egyptian vessels could have reached the American hemisphere in Ancient times. The idea of the Egyptian traders and a banned from Egypt evil Priestess living and dying in ancient but primitive and barbaric California could something like that have happened? Archaeologists for the past century and a half have found Egyptian artifacts hieroglyphics and statues in strange places such as Ancient Native North and Ancient Central American excavation sites as well as Australia. Pyramids have been found in places other than Egypt and Central America-Italy,the Canary Islands and believe it or not Japan. The Pharoahs had seaworthy explorers and they had a lot of help from a maritime people known as the Phoenicians who came from the Lebanon area of the Middle East. Years ago they found traces of cocaine and tobacco plants whose origins are in the North and South American continents in the stomach of an Egyptian Mummy. Another fact most continental Asians did not have hooked or Roman noses something a lot of Aztecs,Mayas and Incas did have and some of their descendants still do have if you look at the codexes and read the Spanish explorers descriptions of the physical appearances of the so-called aboriginal peoples of parts of the United States,Central and South America. Sorry to report that it sounds like some other explorers other than the Norse,Spanish,Swedish,Dutch,French and English intermixed quite frequently with the so-called Ancient Asian origin Native peoples of North,Central and South America and the nearby islands of the Caribbean. Chieftains would give away some of their women as brides or mistresses to explorers and traders. Sex knows no color when men have been denied heterosexual sex for long periods of time. Now back to the movie both the heroines and the priestess mummy villainess did well in their roles. I think the villainess was well cast she looked like she could be a real Egyptian. If I were going to cast a movie about Ancient Egypt she would definitely be in it. The Egyptians racial origins go back to two racial groups East African Black and Southern Arabian Semitic. To do an accurate movie on Egypt choose East Africans and people of Middle Eastern descent because even in Ancient times caucasoid Europeans even if they were Greek or Roman were considered a minority even though both groups had conquered Ancient Egypt during Alexander the Great and Augustus Octavian Caesar. The acting in the movie was camp for sure but it was worth watching. I wish the writer would have left had the George Romero influence.

1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Watchable could have been done better in a different locale and with Actors of Hispanic origin., 22 December 2008
5/10

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This movie was filmed in Hawaii and Hawaii beautiful as it is not exactly reminiscent of Mexico and Central America. The costumery of the Spanish conquistadors and male Aztecs is quite authentic but the female costumes are sorry to say not ethnically or historically correct. This movie aside from Caucasian actors being cast as Spaniards which is correct has with the exception of two main characters who are actors of Native American descent has Hawaiian actors cast as Aztecs. Hawaiians are descendants of Polynesians who came in ancient times from Malaysia and who within the past two and half centuries have mixed with several races and ethnic groups. Only a handful exist of pure Hawaiians. As for the Aztecs an Amerindian people possibly with Semitic or Pre-Spaniard European,Negro and Asian strains believed to have come from North America and settled in Central America namely Mexico during the 12th century A.D. The facts are the ancestors of the Polynesians and Mexican Tribes were not ethnically related and did not physically resembled each other and were far removed from each culturally and their multiracial descendants have little in common culturally,physically and ethnically today. If one is going to do a movie about any Native American tribe please use a cast of Native American descent. Mel Gibson in his film Apocalypto cast Native Americans and Hispanics the biracial modern day descendants of Spanish and Central American Aboriginal tribes. Ian Ziering did a pretty good job as Hernan Cortes I wouldn't have known it was him if I hadn't read the cast. The lead actress does a good job but one has to face it she looks nothing like an Aztec woman she's too tall and her facial features look more Polynesian or Asian. I wish they wouldn't have put dinosaurs in this movie I think than the writer of this movie was inspired by two dinosaurs films of the 1960s Valley of the Gwangi and Dinosaurus and any film having to do with the Aztecs. I did like the finale when Cortes top man falls in love and marries the Aztec princess and decides to stay with her and raise a family in an unknown valley of Mexico. Actually this story has a little factual basis.The myth no hidden valley in Mexico the Spanish Explorers didn't miss a trick.

The fact being that a captured Spaniard made slave in the Yucatan years before Cortes arrived decided to stay with his Native wife and family. He was tattooed like the natives and thought it was best to stay with them as he would never be accepted again by his Spanish countrymen. When Hernan Cortes came to Mexico this man refused to help him as an interpretor but his friend a captured fellow Spaniard and later a beautiful tribeswoman woman known as Malinche renamed in Spanish as Marina became his second interpretor.The story is recorded by Bernal Diaz writer and comrade of Hernan Cortes in his magnificent book the Conquest of New Spain. A must read for anyone interested in Aztec History from a Spanish perspective. The movie will be acceptable to anyone who likes adventure,dinosaurs,Spanish explorers/Conquistadors and ancient cultures.

The Fallen Ones (2005) (TV)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Passable but could have been better!, 21 December 2008
5/10

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Giants have been in every mythology of every culture. This particular story takes place in Ancient Sumeria right before the flood of Noah. The story is based on the Biblical passages from Genesis and the passages from the non-Biblical Book of Enoch and the eventual return of the fallen angels and more matings with the daughters of Men as mentioned in the New Testament in the end times. The basis of this story starts with Genesis chapter 6 The matings of the Sons of God (Angels) and the Daughters of Men and their gigantic (more physically like the Titans of Greek Mythology in height anyways)cannibalistic (reference the Book of Enoch) offspring the Nephilim. The Angel Ammon knowing of the flood plans to have his hybrid son Aramis(?,the writer of this piece could have come up with a better name than this the origin of the name is Greek and is most associated with the Musketeer Aramis of Three Musketeers fame and mens cologne. He could have picked any mythological god or giant of Middle Eastern or Greek mythology)drugged and put in a deep sleep and mummified to call forth in the end times. The Sumerian priests sacrifice then mummify (Egyptian influence?The Egyptian civilization wasn't around during the flood)several male slaves and one female who are to serve Aramis when he is resurrected in the end times. The drug given by the priests to Aramis causes Aramis to become an insane mummy which causes his father Ammon to magically put him to sleep. After Noah's flood Ammon arrives during the time of Lot (Genesis Chapter 19)to destroy the city of Sodom and to start a new race of Nephilim with the youngest daughter of Lot. After Ammon destroys the city of Sodom (There are three theories as to why the citizens of Sodom were destroyed the first being homosexuality,second inhospitality to strangers and the third lusting after "strange flesh" flesh not of the human persuasion such as Humans having sex with fallen angels which also gave rise to the legends of the succubi,incubi and demon lovers)and possibly humans having sex with certain animals like apes Yeti and Sasquatch hybrids and then if you look at some of the half human gods in different mythologies maybe there was a reason why those myths were created. Ammon destroys the wife of Lot and persuades the two surviving daughters of Lot to get their own father drunk and commit incest with him and become pregnant. The younger daughter of Lot is also the lover of the fallen angel Ammon she has relations with Ammon and her father Lot the same night. She names her son after her fallen angel lover Ammon Ben-Ammi unfortunately for Ammon Ben-Ammi is the son of Lot and is human not giant. So skip over to thousands of years and Ammon is back to start another race of hybrid Nephilim in the 21st century and out of love resurrect his brain damaged giant of a son who's body is found not in Iraq (Ancient Sumeria) but in the United States in what was once Native American territory. The acting was decent considering some of the script they had to work with. This film could have left out the metal mummy machine and the idiotic chant of the followers of Ammon "Ammon Naamah".Strange chant. Naamah by the way was a descendant of Cain and one of the first women to mate with a fallen angel named Shamdon and their son was a half-demon known as Asmodai or Asmodeus and another descendant of Cain was a Naamah who was the wife of Noah of the flood fame. Anyone who loves mythology,the Bible,B-Movies reminiscent of the 1940's and 1960's mummy or Ray Harryhausen flicks will enjoy this film.

6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Not Bad At All, I Would Watch It Again!, 21 December 2008
6/10

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I enjoyed this movie. Archaeologists stumble on a lost Aztec civilization. In Aztec legend the Aztecs came from a land North of Mexico possible Archaeological locales have been Arizona,New Mexico,Texas and California and even a remote possibility of being related to the Mound builders and the Aztec language Nahuatl are part of the Ute-Aztecan languages of the United States. Quetzacoatl was a human looking God and this Quetzacoatl in the movie was far from it as was the personality's character. Costumes and sets were well done. Attention could have been paid more to the hairstyles of some of the Aztec warriors. The human heart sacrifices were well depicted as was the head rack (Aztec and Maya Indians used head racks for the skulls of enemies and warriors). In my humble opinion the person who directed this movie was strongly influenced by Mel Gibson's Apocalypto and Nova's documentary Aztec Massacre and possibly the Sci-Fi made in Hawaii feature Aztec Rex. This movie is for anyone who likes any story based on Mesoamerican cultures.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Musical comedy fairly faithful version that only covers half the novel!, 4 November 2008
6/10

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This version will be liked by anyone who appreciates Musketeer comedy musicals or both. The story is generally faithful to the first half of the novel. Gino Cervi wonderful actor but miscast in the part of Cardinal Richelieu even though he did make a great Porthos in a serious French version of Three Musketeers and a great Jean Valjean in an Italian version of Les Miserables.Several characters were miscast in this TV version but who really cares because it is a musical comedy. Story starts out as most D'Artagnan leaves Gascony has a confrontation with Rochefort who is at a tavern with Milady de Winter (original novel Rochefort is outside the tavern and Milady pulls up in her carriage).Then proceeds to Paris where he ruffles the feathers of Athos,Porthos and Aramis and they all become best friends after defeating Jussac and the Cardinals Guards. Constance,the Queen's servant enlists D'Artagnan and the Musketeers to retrieve the Queen's diamond necklace that she gave to her English lover the Duke of Buckingham. The Queen meets with the 4 Musketeers and sends them to England. The Three Musketeers meet Milady de Winter who has one broken carriage wheel and try to help her. A departure from the novel Athos doesn't know Milady who in the novel is his evil opportunistic beautiful ex-wife. Milady has them ambushed by the Cardinal's Guards. D'Artagnan in the meantime goes to look for his companions and finds Milady's friend Kitty (In the novel Kitty is her maid who is seduced by D'Artagnan.)who at Milady's orders tries to seduce D'Artagnan it doesn't work. The Musketeers and D'Artagnan reach Buckingham and get the jewels. The Musketeers and D'Artagnan knock out some priests on the way back to France and take their frocks and board safely to France and return the jewels to the Queen upsetting the plans of Cardinal Richelieu,Milady de Winter,Count de Rochefort and Jussac. The Jussac character plays a larger part in this adaptation his character was combined with the Dumas character of Bernajoux. This was a definite spoof of earlier Musketeer films like scene of the Cardinal's love of cats (reference 1948 MGM film with Vincent Price).This version also used as background instrumental music the song the Saints go marching in plus instrumental background music from Oklahoma,West Side Story,Damn Yankees and 19th century waltzes that were popular 250 years later. Other positives for a 1964 Italian TV adaptation this production had good sets and authentic 17th century type costumes for both citizens of France and England. This by the way is not available or dubbed in English If you know a smattering of Italian or any romance language you might have some luck translating. This version I think is a keeper for any Musketeer fan especially a fan who likes musical or comical adaptations of the novel (examples:1939 Don Ameche musical comedy with the Ritz Brothers,1943 Cantiflas comedy Los Tres Mosqueteros and Tin Tan's 1957 Mexican comedy Three and a half Musketeers).

I tre moschettieri (1991) (TV)
Mediocre comedy musical and a remake of 1964 I Tri Moschettieri, 4 November 2008
4/10

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This was extremely hard to sit through. This TV production was inferior to the 1964 comedy musical. Like the 1964 musical which used the background music of popular 1950's and 1960's musicals and music some 250 years ahead of its time this version uses popular background rock music of the 70's and 80's. Productions values poor. Sets look like they could have been done by a high school drama class. The male costumes a little too colorful and the womens costumes were something that looked like you could buy at a seasonal Halloween costume store.For Musketeer fans only view only once because this is not a keeper but if you liked Musketeer comedy films then by all means watch or rent.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Non-Dumas adventures of D'Artagnan and the Musketeers, 4 November 2008
5/10

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The Musketeers and D'Artagnan are well cast. Sebastian Cabot (star of TV's Family Affair and the movies Miracle on 34th Street(1973) and the 1952 Ivanhoe put in a fine performance as Porthos. Jeffrey Stone the husband of French actress Corinne Calvert was an acceptable D'Artagnan. Dawn Addams was a mischievous though lovely Spanish countess who did not want to be returned to Spain at the order of King Louis XIII and D'Artagnan and the Musketeers are forced to make sure she complies with the King's order. Dawn Addams who had been in another Musketeer film played a relative by marriage of Milady de Winter in the Musketeer sequel Le Vicomte de Bragelonne aka Last Musketeer in a 1950's French-Italian production. With a blonde wig and those beautiful blue eyes she would have made a great Milady de Winter if she had been given the chance. She did a great job of playing Henry Jekyll's unfaithful wife in the 1960 Hammer Film Two Faces of Dr.Jekyll. Sadly to say this film has decent performances but is not one of the best musketeer sequels. Only a true Musketeer enthusiast will watch it which unfortunately I am.

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Decent sequel could have better!, 5 August 2008

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I've watched this movie twice so far and it isn't bad. For those who don't know the brother and sister in the film are the children of the late Michael and Star Emerson from the first film which makes Sam their Uncle who have come to rent a place from an Aunt of Star's named Jillian. Angus Sutherland does a fine job as the head vampire but he could have been given a little more dialogue and you can't compare his character with his brother Kiefer Sutherland's David from the first film. Angus' character Shane brings some class to the movie but he nowhere has the menacing behavior of his brother's character from the first film. Angus resembles and sounds like his father Donald Sutherland. When seeing the preview for Lost Boys:The Tribe the Beach Babe Massacre scene I thought possibly the character who told his victim "We're vampires" was the Shane character because he resembled Kiefer Sutherland and later when I saw the film found out that the actor I thought would be Shane was no Sutherland at all but instead was playing Shane's number one sidekick John. I was glad to see Corey Feldman back as Edgar Frog he doesn't even look two decades older but Corey Haim he has aged terribly and looks dissipated. Here comes the spoiler at the end of the cast credits it looks like Corey Haim is one of the undead or he could be a half-vampire because twice in the movie it is mentioned that Edgar's brother Allan Frog (Jason Newlander) from the first film and second film is now a vampire and in the alternative endings it shows the vampire Allan and vampiress friend racing to Luna Bay to settle a score with his brother and hinted at in the second alternative ending put the bite on Corey Haim's character Sam. Lost Boys: The Tribe is worth the DVD rental price but it would have to have a better script and special effects to be box office material.Now with talk of Lost Boys 3 about Frog versus Frog or Frog saving friend Sam from being one of the undead or Frog versus both his vampire brother Allan and old friend but new vampire Sam it will be worth the wait as to what Warner Brothers decides the story will be. I hope it will be better than Lost Boys II:The Tribe. Lost Boys II:The Tribe in my opinion was good sequel that could have been a little better and the Cry Little Sister song remake was just as good as the original!


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