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Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy | 15 June 1966 (USA)
Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.

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Michael D. Moore (as Michael Moore)

Writers:

Allan Weiss (screenplay), Anthony Lawrence (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Rick Richards
Suzanna Leigh ... Judy Hudson
James Shigeta ... Danny Kohana
Donna Butterworth ... Jan Kohana
Marianna Hill ... Lani Kaimana
Irene Tsu ... Pua
Linda Wong Linda Wong ... Lehua Kawena
Julie Parrish ... Joanna
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Betty Kohana
John Doucette ... Mr. Belden
Grady Sutton ... Mr. Cubberson
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Mrs. Barrington
Don Collier ... Andy Lowell
Philip Ahn ... Moki Kaimana
Mary Treen ... Mrs. Belden
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Storyline

Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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Taglines:

Elvis living it up in the most beautiful paradise on earth! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polynesian

Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is Donna Butterworth's last picture, at 10 years old. See more »

Goofs

When Rick, Lani, and Jan fly the helicopter over Waimea Canyon on Kauai and land on a beach to swim, the beach is actually on O'ahu not Kauai. The hat shaped island near the beach is Mokoli'i near Kaneohe Bay on O'ahu. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Rick Richards: You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.
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Connections

Referenced in Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Queen Wahine's Papaya
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley and Donna Butterworth
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Blue Hawaii, Part II
13 April 1999 | by Brian W. FairbanksSee all my reviews

If Hal Wallis had produced this little epic 10 years earlier, it might have starred his other contract players, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (with Lewis in the role of the little girl played by Donna Butterworth). If it had been made 10 years later, after "The Godfather Part II" made it fashionable to number sequels, "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" might have been titled "Blue Hawaii, Part II." It's not an official sequel, but that's a mere technicality. The only real difference between the two films is that this one is infinitely worse. Whereas "Blue Hawaii" was little more than a travelogue, it was professional looking with some decent songs and a star who still seemed to be in touch with some form of reality. "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" is a grubby, grimy, cheap looking thing with a pudgy, seemingly zonked out Elvis warbling tunes so dreadful ("Queenie Wahine's Papaya," "Datin'"), they weren't worthy of the vinyl record on which they were pressed let alone a gold one.

Watching Presley in this wretched vehicle, one can only look on in amazement and wonder if this is, indeed, the same sneering guy who set the world on fire a decade earlier. This is a Twilight Zone Elvis in a movie for those curious to know how the state of mind known as "stunned disbelief" really feels.


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