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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.

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writers:

Henry De Vere Stacpoole (based on the novel by), Douglas Day Stewart (screenplay by)
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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
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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

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Their wooden ship burns at sea and two children are left to survive alone, lost forever in a tropical paradise. But on one side of this island, they discover a dangerous mystery: dark, sinister. On the other side, they discover desire. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$58,853,106
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carrie Fisher turned down the role of Emmeline Lestrange due to her commitment with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See more »

Goofs

There are both macaws and cockatoos on the island. Macaws are from South America and Cockatoos are from Australia. 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!
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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 »

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Referenced in To stigma (1982) See more »

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This is one of the best films that I have ever viewed in my life.
17 April 2004 | by krazy_n_wild_horsesSee all my reviews

This movie is about love and romance. It is about 2 children who are stranded forced to learn everything about survival and life on there own. They are also forced to deal with very adult issues on their own such as Patty's death. Patty was the only adult to be stranded with them. His death came when he found a keg of rum, got drunk and decided to swim for his rescue. This happened shortly after they were marooned and the kids found him dead in the morning. Up until that point Patty had been giving them advice and trying to raise them the best that he could. I found it charming that they still had the vocabulary of a child even into adulthood but gradually they started figuring more things out, for instance, there is a big scene about Emeline realizing that there really a Santa and that the sun doesn't really make a hissing sound when it sinks into the ocean each night.

There was some press at the time about them, (Christpher Atkins, and Brooke Shields) doing nude scenes which resulted in them not actually being nude at all in the film, they are wearing body stockings in the water.

My review has nothing to do with the perfect beauty of Brooke Shields because I am a straight female. Brooke was at her most radiant.

One excellent part of the film comes after the two have been bickering for days and then Emeline becomes sick and falls asleep. It forced the viewer to think about how much grief would be felt by one if the other should die, really all they had was each other and eventually a baby. Everything depended on them both staying alive.

I believe that anyone who didn't love this movie as much as me, missed the entire story somehow. It wasn't about Brooke being nude and it wasn't about life in paradise it was about innocence. This was a huge hit film back in it's day and launched Brooke's career into super stardom.


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