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.
The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »
Sorrowful Jones (Walter Matthau) is a cheap bookie in the 1930s. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her... See full summary »
Reverend Abner Hale (Max Von Sydow), a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley (Dame Julie Andrews) 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
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To see Bette Midler in her extra role as one of the seasick passenger's during Max Von Sydow's sermon, on the Blu-ray two hour and forty-two minute version to go 28:34-35 and she's on the far left side, behind (and further to the ship's side) the woman with the white blanket over her body and head (and she's also directly behind the male passenger who winds up moving over and throwing up over the side). And she can be seen closer up at 29:89-29, again behind the woman in white. The entire time Bette's character is leaning over the side, the only passenger that far over, and looking very nauseous. See more »
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 »
We are taking the land of the people whose souls we came to save, while they are dying... The whole race is dying before our eyes!
Rev. Immanuel Quigley:
I'm afraid that is true. But the Lord's ways are not our ways. And the only answer that I can find is that perhaps, the Lord intends for these islands gradually to pass into other hands.
May God forgive you.
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The original roadshow release was in 6-track stereo; however, the DVD has been released in mono. See more »
Turgid, overlong epic has a story with possibilities-organized religion's arrogant assumption that what it believes is right even if it destroys a civilization. While it conveys that in many ways something is ultimately missing from the overall film that keeps the viewer at a distance making it less involving then it needs to be. Von Sydow is a fine actor but his Reverend Hale is such a pompous, small minded autocrat that spending over 2 1/2 hours with him is a trial. Julie Andrews is wasted, surely they could have found a way for her to sing more, although she does have one good scene near the end. The location filming is breath taking but that only will carry a film so far and this doesn't have enough else to make it worth seeking out.
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