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Islands in the Stream (1977)

PG | | Drama | 2 August 1977 (Denmark)
An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

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Cast overview:
... Thomas Hudson
... Eddy
... Captain Ralph
... Tom
... Lil
... Willy
... Audrey
... Joseph
... Andrew
Michael-James Wixted ... David
Hildy Brooks ... Helga Ziegner
Jessica Rains ... Andrea
Walter Friedel ... Herr Ziegner
Charles Lampkin ... Constable
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An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

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The second of two collaborations between actor George C. Scott and director Franklin J. Schaffner. The first had been Patton (1970) seven years earlier. That film won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and garnered Oscars for both Scott and Schaffner. Patton (1970) debuted in the same 1970 year that Ernest Hemingway's novel "Islands in the Stream" was posthumously released. See more »

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When the boat is slowly cruising up the river in Cuba looking for refugees, a crew member's hand can be seen moving tree branches away from the camera. See more »

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Andrew: [reading a letter from his father] Dear boys, it was good to get your letters and to hear all is going well.
Thomas Hudson: [voice-over] So much has changed since you were here. The war still seems remote to us on the island but yet closer. There are few more refugees coming through in here now. The Germans are sinking a lot of ships in the stream between here and Florida. Sometimes at night, you can see them burning. Often two or three at the time. There isn't enough Navy, British or American, around to do ...
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not a perfect film but far better than average
9 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

George C. Scott is at his best in this adaptation of a Hemingway story (which, if I'm not mistaken was left unfinished) about a man who, late in life, is experiencing regrets over the loss of time with his sons. The main character, like Hemingway, was married multiple times and always seemed to run out on them shortly after the children were born. As a result, his relationships with his three sons is strained, to say the least. It's obvious Hemingway was being autobiographical here, but unlike the lead in the movie who tries to make good (albiet late), Hemingway chose suicide over mending fences. At least the lead character TRIES to make a run from his tropical island home to the mainland to be with his kids full-time. To me, these parallel stories (true and fictional) makes this movie incredibly sad and wistful, while at the same time great acting and exceptional writing provide great impact as well.


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