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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A sensuous story of natural love. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Christopher Atkins did most of his nude scenes without the use of a body double. Reportedly he had to stand nude every morning before shooting these scenes while a female makeup artist got his body ready. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Survival Island (2005) See more »

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Beautiful
28 February 2003 | by QueenMakeda84See all my reviews

I received this movie for Christmas back in 8th grade by my best friend at the time. I had seen it first on tv and fell in love with it regardless of the major chopping on tv's part with editing. The movie was and still is my favorite movie. The ending's a little too ambiguous for my tastes, but the music....oh gosh! Basil Poledouris (pardon the bad spelling) made this film shine. The concept is great of two people alone growing up without civilization to guide them. Most people's issue with this movie is the dialogue. Come on! They were left alone at like 8. Your body matures people, but not so your mind. Would it have made any sense if they were speaking like intelligent teenagers without benefit of education? No. The movie was realistic with the constant nudity and the childlike innocence of the two characters. Brooke Shields is awesome. I loved her in this movie. This was when she was at her best. Atkins did a great job as well. I know if I was on that island, I'd be naked a lot as well. It was just really put together nicely. The scenes with the water and the aquatic life was really gorgeous. Love this movie!


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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

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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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