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Hawaii (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 10 October 1966 (USA)
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An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerusha Bromley
... Rev. Abner Hale
... Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
... Dr. John Whipple
... Charles Bromley
Jocelyne LaGarde ... Malama Kanakoa - The Ali'i Nui
... Keoki
Ted Nobriga ... Kelolo
... Noelani
... Rev. Immanuel Quigley
George Rose ... Capt. Janders
... Rev. Abraham Hewlett
... Rev. Dr. Thorn
... Mason, sailor
... Gideon Hale
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Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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James Michener's novel reaches the screen.

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,562,222
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2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Julie Andrews, Gene Hackman, and Dorothy Jeakins; and four Oscar nominees: Max von Sydow, Sir Richard Harris, Bette Midler, and Jocelyne LaGarde. See more »

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During the initial journey from New England to Hawaii there is a heavy rainstorm but the skies are bright blue - no rain clouds. See more »

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Dr. John Whipple: [Addressing Abner, while holding Keoki's lifeless body, victim of the measles epidemic that has ravaged the native Hawaiians] There's nothing you could've done for him... When Captain Cook discovered these islands 50 years ago, they were a true paradise. Infectious disease was unknown. They didn't even catch cold! And there were 400,000 of them - now there are less than 150,000. You and I may well live to see the last Hawaiian lowered into his grave - with proper Christian services, of course.
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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Beautiful with one fatal flaw
14 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

James A. Michener's mammoth novel, "Hawaii," is the subject of this suitably mammoth film, one with a lot to recommend it. Julie Andrews proves that she can handle a dramatic role as well or better than musical roles. Her Jerusha Bromley Hale captures our sympathy the minute she comes on screen and sustains it for the rest of the film. Likewise, Jocelyn LaGarde, a real-life Tahitian princess with no previous acting experience, gives an equally good performance as Alii Nui Ruth Malama Konakoa, for which she was justifiably nominated for an Oscar. There are also good supporting performances from Carroll O'Connor and Gene Hackman, both just a few years away from stardom when this picture was made. Russell Harlan's cameras capture the islands at their most beautiful, and Elmer Bernstein's haunting, evocative score is one of his best.

The one fatal flaw in all this is the actor playing the central male character, Reverend Abner Hale. While Max von Sydow was always good in the great Ingmar Bergman films ("The Seventh Seal"), in most of his English-language films, with the sole exception of "The Exorcist," he always came off as something of a well-dressed stiff. It's an image he upholds here. Perhaps it's the fact that he's working in a language not his own, perhaps it's just the hopeless nature of the lines he's saddled with, but his is an Abner Hale who could transform the staunchest Christian into a Druid. He, quite simply, generates no sympathy. Plus, as many of the best clergymen seem to know, you can win more converts by stressing the kind, loving qualities of Jesus than by belching out fire and brimstone. It seems to me that, for Andrews's character, choosing between this mannered stiff and Richard Harris's vigorous sea captain shouldn't have been much of a choice at all.

But this shouldn't drive you away from "Hawaii." For all the good points I mentioned, it's definitely worth seeing at least once.


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