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Islands in the Stream (1977)

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

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Ernest Hemingway (novel), Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
George C. Scott ... Thomas Hudson
David Hemmings ... Eddy
Gilbert Roland ... Captain Ralph
Hart Bochner ... Tom
Susan Tyrrell ... Lil
Richard Evans ... Willy
Claire Bloom ... Audrey
Julius Harris ... Joseph
Brad Savage ... Andrew
Michael-James Wixted Michael-James Wixted ... David
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Helga Ziegner
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Andrea
Walter Friedel Walter Friedel ... Herr Ziegner
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Constable
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Storyline

An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Publicists for the film stated it was the first cinematic adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway work in two decades. However, this claim overlooked Hemingway's The Killers (1964). The film of The Old Man and the Sea (1958) had debuted in 1958. 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 »

Quotes

Joseph: Tom, I love you you son of a bitch. Try to understand if you can.
Thomas Hudson: I am trying, Joseph.
Joseph: Oh hell. You never understand about anybody that loves you.
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Peaceful, slow moving film (Please read this comment)
11 September 2005 | by lazamatazSee all my reviews

I found this film in the bargain DVD bin, so I went ahead and got it. The movie moves slow, but in a peaceful way, capturing the charm of real-life in the Caribbean. It's mostly an atmosphere-movie -- the charm of the movie is not so much in it's plot (Hemingway writes much better than his movies translate) but in the feel of the characters, and the beauty of its locale.

Set in the 1940's, it barely touches on WWII, and when it does, it seems to do so 'down a long hallway, darkly' -- that is to say, it feels distant.

George C Scott does a pretty darned good job with the lead character. Great actors never fail to elevate a movie. There's another fine performance put in by David Hemmings (Who I'd never seen before, and I learn from the IMDb database died in 2003) as the 'rummy' named Eddy.

The musical score is weird -- it really seems to stay with you after the movie is done. The previous commenter is correct -- the movie has a dreamy feel to it. There's very little by way of violence (at least by today's standards). What little there is, at the end, is accompanied by garishly bright and unrealistic blood.

Nonetheless, check this film out. It's truly an interesting and fun film.


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