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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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Two children are shipwrecked alone on a lost tropical island. Nature is kind to them. They thrive on the bounty of the jungle and the lagoon. The boy grows tall. The girl beautiful. They swim naked over coral reefs. They run in a cathedral of trees. And the warm winds, the tropic moon, the silk sand conspire to enchant them. When their love happens, it is natural as the sea, and as powerful. Love as nature intended to be. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,853,106
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The double for Christopher Atkins was initially one of the seaplane pilots flying staff and crew from the Fiji mainland to the island where the movie was shot. He did most of the nude scenes with Brooke Shields' double as well as a few of the minor stunts. See more »

Goofs

When Paddy and the kids first sight land and begin to sail toward it, the mountainous coastline of a large land mass can faintly be seen behind them, indicating that the island is not as remote as we are led to believe. 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

NBC edited 9 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere due to nudity and sexual content. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: The Kibbutz (1995) See more »

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The Blue Lagoon - check out what this teenager went through after watching it!
20 December 1998 | by Rafi-4See all my reviews

When I was 17 years old I stayed up till 3am one night to watch a late showing of this film. I had seen clips of 'The Blue Lagoon' when I was younger and it always remained embedded in my mind. The truth is that no movie has ever affected me like this one. I didn't know what force made me feel such deep sensations - whether it was the magnificent exotic island, Emmeline's beauty, the heart-capturing sound track or a combination of all - all I knew is that I longed to be there. I longed to be in such an idealistic and beautiful haven (no matter how unrealistic it seemed). But now I've come to live in the 'real world'. All I can do now is appreciate the idea of the film and the important themes it represents. Such a dream only exists in Heaven.


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