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The Blue Lagoon (1980)

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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.

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

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A sensuous story of natural love. See more »


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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La laguna azul  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$58,853,106
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1.85 : 1
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After seeing the movie, John Gibbons, a herpetologist (reptile scientist) at the University of the South Pacific, realized that the iguanas that appeared in the film were a distinct species that had never been seen or documented by scientists before. Afterwards, Gibbons visited Nanuya Levu, the Fiji Island where the movie was made, and named the species the Fiji Crested Iguana. See more »

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When Emmeline walks in the water she accidentally steps on a fish and gets sick. The fish that the movie shows is called Stone Fish and in fact if you step on one the venom will cause excruciating pain and also shock, paralysis, tissue death and if not treated within few hours also death. Emmeline doesn't seem to suffer from any of these symptoms and it seems it takes some time until Richard finds her. See more »

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[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!
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Never Forget!!
14 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films. I was 14 when it was released and I could really relate to it. It's really hard to describe but it just brings me back to a time in life when everything was new and exciting. The storyline is something that you dream about especially when you're 14 years old. The beautiful scenery and sound track just puts you in the perfect mindset. Sure there are some things in the movie that are a little hard to believe but that's all part of the whole "fantasy" thing. I've probably watched it every chance I've had. I've always thoroughly enjoyed this movie and always will. It makes me feel like I'm 14 years old again. The Blue Lagoon is probably the most beautiful film ever made. I just love the movie! Just give it a chance sometime. But I guess that's just my opinion.


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