6.3/10
858
14 user 11 critic

The Hawaiians (1970)

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 »

Director:

Tom Gries

Writers:

James A. Michener (novel), James R. Webb (screenplay)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Hawaii (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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
Stars: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris
Diamond Head (1962)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Rich Hawaiian pineapple grower and US Senatorial candidate Richard Howland tries to control everything and everyone around him, including his headstrong sister, Slone. Howland learns the ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, George Chakiris
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

Director: Richard Lang
Stars: Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Victoria Racimo
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven
Major Dundee (1965)
Adventure | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton
Will Penny (1967)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.

Director: Richard Wilson
Stars: Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, George Segal
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Counterpoint (1968)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A famous orchestra conductor is captured by the Germans in WW2, and is forced to perform at private concerts for the Nazi generals.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Kentucky widower bound for 1820's Texas with his young son is thwarted in his efforts by a corrupt constable, a long-standing family feud, and a beautiful indentured servant.

Director: Burt Lancaster
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, Dianne Foster
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Whip Hoxworth
Tina Chen ... Nyuk Tsin
Geraldine Chaplin ... Purity Hoxworth
Mako ... Mun Ki
John Phillip Law ... Noel Hoxworth
Alec McCowen ... Micah Hale
Don Knight ... Milton Overpeck
Miko Mayama ... Fumiko
Virginia Ann Lee Virginia Ann Lee ... Mei Li
Chris Robinson ... Dr. Whipple Jr.
Naomi Stevens ... Queen Liliuokalani
Keye Luke ... Foo Sen
Khigh Dhiegh Khigh Dhiegh ... Kai Chung
Mary Munday Mary Munday ... Malama Hale
Harry Townes ... Houghton
Edit

Storyline

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 captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The continuation of James A. Michener's epic novel, Hawaii!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1970 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the Islands See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the first of two times in which Charlton Heston played a character whose son fell in love with an Asian girl living in Hawaii. The second time was in the film [Link: tt0074899]. See more »

Goofs

During the bathing scene, bikini tan lines can seen on one of the Japanese women. See more »

Quotes

Whip Hoxworth: I envy the pious. They can be bastards and never know it.
See more »

Connections

Follows Hawaii (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Beautiful Hawaii
13 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure that what attracted Charlton Heston to sign on for The Hawaiians was the fact he'd be working with director Tom Gries with whom he had done Will Penny and Number One. Will Penny was Heston's favorite film. The Hawaiians would mark the third and final joint project the two men worked on.

Heston plays the grandson of that New England sea captain Richard Harris from the film Hawaii and the James Michener book it is based on. He's every bit the hell raiser that grandfather was, but has an eye for business and does have a vision for Hawaii. Of course it's not the same vision as the native Hawaiians had or the same vision that Chinese and Japanese immigrants have. That in a nutshell is the history of Hawaii.

The rest of the white characters are descendants from the characters in the first film. The added component are the characters of Mako and Tina Chen who immigrate to Hawaii from China and found a small dynasty of their own. Their story and that of Heston and his family entwine over several decades.

One thing I will say about The Hawaiians that is most admirable. The Asian and Pacific Islander characters you see here are portrayed as three dimensional and with dignity. No fortune cookie stereotypes are to be found in The Hawaiians.

I've always been of the opinion that you cannot make a bad film about Hawaii because the scenery is so beautiful. The Hawaiians is no exception and the film did get an Oscar nomination for costume design.

Tina Chen does a remarkable job as the matriarchal head of her family after Mako dies of leprosy on the island of Molokai. In a patriarchal culture that was by no means an easy thing. Her performance is the best acting in The Hawaiians.

The Hawaiians has an Edna Ferber like sweep in its plot and its subject. It's also sticking close to the facts in terms of Hawaiian history, a very worthy film to see.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed