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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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Julie Andrews, Gene Hackman, and Dorothy Jeakins (a winner for Best Costume Design); and four Oscar nominees: Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Bette Midler, and Jocelyne LaGarde. See more »

Goofs

When Abner watches the destruction of his church by the whistling wind after Malama dies, when the bell tower topples over, the rope used to pull it over can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Abner Hale: I have been thinking lately, that our church is ready for a board of deacons. I'm willing to make you their head, Keoki. You would move among the Hawaiians, find out who is smoking, who has alcohol on his breath, who is sleeping with another man's wife - that sort of thing. Then each week, you will hand me a list, to be admonished from the pulpit.
Keoki: I sought a way to serve my people... not to spy upon them.
[turns and walks away]
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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 »

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MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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It's OK
19 February 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Movie based on part of James Michener's massive novel.

In the 1860s Father Hale (Max von Sydow) and his wife Jerusha (Julie Andrews) go to Hawaii to bring religion to the Hawaiian people. This movie follows their lives through about 20 years and involves rape, disease, death and incest (pretty taboo for 1966).

LONG, lumbering "epic". It's 3 hours but felt more like 30 hours! The pace is very slow and von Sydow's character is very annoying. He's always preaching and von Sydow overacts to an embarrassing degree. More than once I wanted to take his Bible and hit him over the head with it. Andrews is a wonderful actress--but not here. She seems to be constrained by her role and very muted.

The film has some good things about it. It is well-directed on location in Hawaii with beautiful cinematography. The score is very good too--it matches the images perfectly. And it's fun to see Carroll O'Connor and Gene Hackman in early roles. Also there's a superb performance by Jocelyn LaGarde (Oscar-nominated) as the island ruler. Also von Sydow's two real life sons play his sons in this movie! I watched to the end because I was interested in some of the characters and the scenery was gorgeous--but I was mostly bored by the slow pace and von Sydow's histrionics. I can only give this a 6.


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