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Blue Hawaii (1961)

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates (Elvis Presley) defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Allan Weiss (story), Hal Kanter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Chad Gates
Joan Blackman ... Maile Duval
Angela Lansbury ... Sarah Lee Gates
Nancy Walters ... Abigail Prentice
Roland Winters ... Fred Gates
John Archer ... Jack Kelman
Howard McNear ... Mr. Chapman
Steve Brodie ... Tucker Garvey
Christian Kay Christian Kay ... Beverly Martin
Iris Adrian ... Enid Garvey
Hilo Hattie Hilo Hattie ... Waihila
Jenny Maxwell ... Ellie Corbett
Pamela Austin ... Selena (Sandy) Emerson (as Pamela Kirk)
Darlene Tompkins ... Patsy Simon
Lani Kai Lani Kai ... Carl Tanami
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Storyline

Chad Gates (Elvis Presley) has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surfboard, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but he is reluctant. So he goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Ride the Crest of the Wave Onto the Most Beautiful Place on Earth! Join ELVIS PRESLEY in a Paradisde of Song! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hal B. Wallis: Walking down the street. See more »

Goofs

When Chad comes to a screeching halt on the beach, when he is trying to save the girl's life, the sound of tires on asphalt can be heard. He is braking on sand which would not make that sound. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Corbett: Nobody cares about me, whether I live or die.
Chad Gates: Nobody seems to care because you don't seem to care about yourself. You have to care first, if you like yourself others will like you too.
Ellie Corbett: There's nothing to like.
Chad Gates: There's a lot to like if you wouldn't try to be something you're not. It don't work. I know. You're gonna find out now and save yourself a lot of grieve.
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Connections

Featured in The Story of Elvis Presley (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Almost Always True
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley and Joan Blackman
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Pretty good but...
23 April 2004 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

While this is an O.K. film is most respects, sadly this turned out to be the route which Elvis's later film followed. Elvis is always likable in films like these, but when you've seen most of his later movies, you find out that they all follow a similar formula and it's hard to distinguish them from one another. Here, Elvis playes the same role as he did in practically every film after this one; a charming, womanising lad who happens to sing well. I should however note that I haven't seen all of his 33 films, but I've seen like 20 or so. Blue Hawaii is fondly remembered because of it's beautiful music and terrific scenery (Hawaii always looks enchanting). It's quite a lovely scene when Elvis sings "Can't help falling in love" to the old lady. Who wouldn't be charmed by that? 6 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian | French

Release Date:

9 February 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawaii Beach Boy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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