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Hawaii (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 10 December 1966 (Japan)
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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.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

James A. Michener (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Jerusha Bromley
Max von Sydow ... Rev. Abner Hale
Richard Harris ... Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
Gene Hackman ... Dr. John Whipple
Carroll O'Connor ... Charles Bromley
Jocelyne LaGarde ... Malama Kanakoa - The Ali'i Nui
Manu Tupou ... Keoki
Ted Nobriga Ted Nobriga ... Kelolo
Elizabeth Logue ... Noelani
John Cullum ... Rev. Immanuel Quigley
George Rose ... Capt. Janders
Lou Antonio ... Rev. Abraham Hewlett
Torin Thatcher ... Rev. Dr. Thorn
Michael Constantine ... Mason, sailor
Malcolm Atterbury ... Gideon Hale
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

10 December 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,562,222
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Mirisch hired veteran Fred Zinnemann to produce and direct the movie in 1960. Zinnemann brought with him Screenwriter Daniel Taradash, as they had already successfully partnered in bringing From Here to Eternity (1953) to the screen. But Taradash was not able to condense the epic book by James A. Michener into a filmable screenplay. When, after two more years' development, Mirisch hired Dalton Trumbo to take over the script, Zinnemann left the project when United Artists rejected his concept of a four-hour movie to be shown in two parts. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Queen Malama: Too much law make people mad.
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Alternate Versions

The original roadshow release was in 6-track stereo; however, the DVD has been released in mono. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You're a Big Boy Now (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Hawaii? The film is magnificent.
3 September 2004 | by jimmyballanceSee all my reviews

From choice of cast to quality of production, this powerful story depicts human beings, of radically different cultures, in all our weakness and all of our soaring nobility. We truly must accept the good with the bad.

Even if you hate aspects of history, it doesn't matter. This motion picture is great theater. Humanity is put on display by gifted actors under gifted direction. The script strikes home because it is so spare and poetic.

It is a pity that of the cast members, Jocelyn LaGarde, who is the perfect alii nui--Queen of the Hawaiians--gets such a skimpy bio. Under her name, all we get is that she'd been six feet in height. What a natural actress! What an open smile! What powerful yet benign reality!

Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow stay deep in their characters. The tragedy of cultures' colliding never ends. On a personal level, we get that eternal conflict again, between the classically female value of compassion and the male value of standards--you know...you must earn your father's love.

What is special must be preserved. Nationhood must live. There is much grist for thought in this sweeping drama.


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