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Islands in the Stream (1977)

PG | | Drama | July 1977 (UK)
An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (novel), Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George C. Scott ... Thomas Hudson
David Hemmings ... Eddy
Gilbert Roland ... Captain Ralph
Susan Tyrrell ... Lil
Richard Evans ... Willy
Claire Bloom ... Audrey
Julius Harris ... Joseph
Hart Bochner ... Tom
Brad Savage ... Andrew
Michael-James Wixted Michael-James Wixted ... David
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Helga Ziegner
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Andrea
Walter Friedel Walter Friedel ... Herr Ziegner
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Constable
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Storyline

It's 1940 in the British-controlled Bahamas. While the war rages on in Europe, the islands are only peripherally affected by it, with Captain Ralph and his crew smuggling the occasional refugee escaping the war. Twice divorced American Thomas Mann, a man's type of man who works primarily as an industrial artist, has a small close knit group of friends including: Eddy, who, like Tom, drinks a little too much, and who gets into too many fights of his own making especially when he's had a few too many; Lil, a lady of the evening; and Joseph, who takes care of and captains his boat which is used for fishing among other exploits. Three chapters in this phase of Tom's life are told in chronological order. In "The Boys", Tom is expecting a visit from his three sons, who he has not seen in four years and who are going to spend the summer with him: nineteen year old Tommy from his first marriage to Audrey, and fourteen year old Davey and ten year old Andy from his second marriage to Joan. ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

July 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,596,173

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,596,173
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Publicists for the film stated it was the first cinematic adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway work in two decades. However, this claim overlooked Hemingway's The Killers (1964). The film of The Old Man and the Sea (1958) had debuted in 1958. See more »

Goofs

When the boat is slowly cruising up the river in Cuba looking for refugees, a crew member's hand can be seen moving tree branches away from the camera. See more »

Quotes

Andrew: I'm only asking me if you want me to stay so you wouldn't be lonesome.
Eddy: I've never been lonesome in my life, now. I'm just happy. What I've got here makes me happy.
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George C. Scott and a fine cast are a pleasure to watch.
24 January 1999 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

Scott plays a sculptor living on an island visited by his three sons. This is is an adaptation of a story by Hemingway that works most of the time. The child actors are exceptional in their roles as is the rest of the cast. Probably one of Scotts premiere performances. The story takes many turns, with the finest moments in the first half of the movie. I recommend viewing Islands in the Stream.


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