In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writers:

Henry De Vere Stacpoole (based on the novel by), Douglas Day Stewart (screenplay by)
Reviews
Popularity
134 ( 121)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brooke Shields ... Emmeline Lestrange
Christopher Atkins ... Richard Lestrange
Leo McKern ... Paddy Button
William Daniels ... Arthur Lestrange
Elva Josephson Elva Josephson ... Young Emmeline
Glenn Kohan Glenn Kohan ... Young Richard
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Captain
Gus Mercurio ... Officer
Jeffrey Kleiser ... Lookout (as Jeffrey Means)
Bradley Pryce Bradley Pryce ... Little Paddy
Chad Timmerman Chad Timmerman ... Infant Paddy (as Chad Timmermans)
Gert Jacoby Gert Jacoby ... Sailor
Alex Hamilton Alex Hamilton ... Sailor
Richard Evanson Richard Evanson ... Sailor
Edit

Storyline

On a journey to San Francisco, Richard, his father and cousin Emmeline find themselves on a ship about to explode. Rushed to a lifeboat with Paddy Button, the two children escape while their father (and uncle) are on another lifeboat. In the chaos following, the lifeboats are separated. Paddy, Richard and Emmeline find themselves with no food and no water stuck in the middle of nowhere. After some time, the three come across an uncharted paradise, where Paddy quickly teaches the children fishing, hunting and building. After maybe a month or two, Paddy gets very drunk off a barrel of rum found on the island when they first arrive, and drowns in the middle of the night. Emmeline and Richard, now alone and very scared, move location and rebuild their island home. Many years later, the two young teenagers have developed a very real home, but hormones and feelings between the two strain their friendship, until Richard, who is still very determined to reach San Francisco, is let down by ... Written by Bree Pearson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of natural love. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The novel on which the film is based was inspired by the classic French novel "Paul et Virginie" (1788), by Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. See more »

Goofs

Being stranded on an island for years, neither Richard nor Emmeline show any signs of tanning or sunburning. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Emmeline: Richard, don't go out too far.
Young Richard: Em's a fraidy cat!
Arthur Lestrange: Richard! Emmeline! Come back here! This minute! And be careful!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The version aired on TBS cuts out the shot of Paddy's nude photographs, the blood spurting onto the native after the execution, as well as all nude scenes. See more »

User Reviews

It has a good Story
5 April 2002 | by LilAnnie3000See all my reviews

Now I know most people would think that I am too young to see this movie or even understand it. Well I am 14 and I have loved this movie since I was about 9 0r 10. Now I know that that is even younger then 14. But The Blue Lagoon is a movie that show a lot on TV. And me being a movie freek and loving romantic movies it appled to me. But now that I am older I have a greater understanding for it. The Blue Lagoon is one of my favorite movies and eve though at times it was a bit corny and silly it still had a point. It shows how a boy and a girl grow up to teenagers on a deserted island with no adults around telling them what is right from wrong and the secrets of life. The older I get the more I enjoy this movie and the more I can realate to it. It is a fantisay that I would love to actually live. As I said before the Blue Lagoon as a very good point. And if you look past the nudity and the corny lines (which do make sense) there is a beautiful story and magic that you can see.


10 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 176 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blue Lagoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Fiji See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$58,853,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,853,106
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed