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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. Afterward, he visited Nanuya Levu, the Fiji island where the movie was made, and named the species the Fiji Crested Iguana.
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Most of the nude scenes depicting Emmeline Lestrange include a body double. Brooke Shields always had to have her hair glued to her chest for the other scenes.
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When Brooke Shields' original nude body double broke her back, producers ended up asking a woman they had hired to catch and train dolphins if she was willing to do it because she was the right body type as Shields. She agreed and had no issue swimming naked.
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Brooke Shields was only 14 when the movie was made.
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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.
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It was the director's original concept to have the two grown characters play the entire film in the nude, which scared off many actors (including Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was the first choice for the female lead). After Leigh passed on the project, the producers offered Diane Lane and Willie Aames the film after screen-testing them together in Mexico, where Lane was shooting a Western, but the pair discussed the nudity together after the crew left and called a few days later to say they wouldn't do the film, either. With shooting set to begin in a matter of days, the desperate director agreed to let Shields make the film predominantly clothed, with a body double employed for the nude scenes. With that settled, the casting director returned to the thousands of audition tapes they had made over the course of a year, and decided Christopher Atkins would be all right if he permed his hair to look more savage.
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Although the movie had a lukewarm reception in the US and was disliked by a great many critics, it is a highly popular nostalgic movie in countries like Romania and Hungary, as well as in Brazil, and is frequently rerun on television.
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Carrie Fisher turned down the role of Emmeline Lestrange due to her commitment with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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Lou Diamond Phillips and Molly Ringwald both auditioned for the two lead roles, and even screen-tested numerous scenes together, which are included on the DVD version of the film as bonus features.
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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.
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Sean Penn lost out to Christopher Atkins on the final day of auditions for the role of Richard Lestrange.
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Christopher Atkins claimed that after this movie came out, every role he was offered contained a nude scene that "wanted to show off" his buttocks.
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This was the ninth most popular film of 1980 at the US and Canadian box offices.
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The shark was actually two divers in a hollow rubber prop.
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Matt Dillon was the original choice for Richard Lestrange, but turned down the role.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh was the original choice for Emmeline Lestrange, but her father, the late Vic Morrow, made her turn the role down. At that point, the producers had wanted the lead characters to be nude for the entire film.
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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.
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The music and dancing the cannibals perform was an actual Fiji dance performed by the natives who played the cannibals.
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Kelly Preston, Linda Blair, Jodie Foster, Tatum O'Neal, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daryl Hannah and Rosanna Arquette all auditioned for the role of Emmeline Lestrange.
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This film is listed among the 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book "The Official Razzie Movie Guide."
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Shots of the baby swimming underwater were done in an indoor pool using various infants. Some shots of Richard and Emmeline swimming with the baby were done with a dummy.
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Lori Loughlin was offered the lead role of Emmeline Lestrange, which she turned down.
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In the US the film was given an "R" rating, and in the UK it was given the AA rating before getting a 15 certificate upon its VHS release for its graphic nudity and sexual content. However, when it was released in New Zealand, it was given the R13 rating, which was changed to PG when it was released on VHS. It was also given the PG rating in Australia.
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The first of two times that Brooke Shields plays a character stranded on an island. She would do so again in the Quantum Leap episode Quantum Leap: Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 (1992).
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The movie remains one of the most controversial releases of the Twentieth Century. The movie not only hit headlines when it was released, it led to a government enquiry and Brooke Shields was called to testify before the US Congress. The young actress confirmed that body doubles had been used for any naked scenes and her breasts were always covered by her hair or clothing. During a television interview she said: "The nude scenes weren't hard because I didn't do them. As far as the love scene goes, it was just like another job."
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Included on Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.
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Christopher Atkins would later play Mr. Christiansen in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012).
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Dana Plato turned down the role of Emmeline Lestrange due to her commitment with the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978).
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The movie is a loose adaptation of the book which was published in 1908. It contains a few scenes from the book, greatly tones down the nudity and sexual content and re-writes the dialog completely.
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Isabelle Adjani was offered the role of Emmeline Lestrange, which she turned down.
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Kathleen Turner tested for the role of Emmeline Lestrange, but failed the audition.
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Sean Young tried to audition five times for Randal Kleiser for the role of Emmeline Lestrange that went to Brooke Shields.
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On the shoot of the later film 'Travelling North'(1987), actor Graham Kennedy one night watched 'The Blue Lagoon' (1980), a movie which co-starred his co-star in 'Travelling North' - Leo McKern. Kennedy was curious as to how they got a crab to crawl out of McKern's mouth in a tight close-up shot. McKern told Kennedy that the scene was his idea and that there were no special effects nor trick photography. McKern simply put a live crab into his mouth, waited a few moments, and after he heard 'Action!', opened his mouth, and out crawled the crab.
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Charlene Tilton turned down the role of Emmeline Lestrange due to her commitment with the soap opera Dallas (1978).
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Jill Schoelen had auditioned for the role of Emmeline Lestrange, but miscommunication caused her to drop out.
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Milla Jovovich was hailed by critics as "The New Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre" when she played Lilli Hargrave in the sequel Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991).
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The film was released on DVD in New Zealand in May 2019 and its rating was changed from PG to M.
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Ally Sheedy was considered for the role of Emmeline Lestrange.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2002 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 top 100 America's Greatest Love Stories movies.
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Gus Mercurio, who played the First Mate at the film's ending who said, "No, sir, they're asleep," after finding Richard, Emmeline and Paddy's boat, also appeared at the beginning of Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In the sequel, he's the First Officer on the ship who picks up Paddy (renamed Richard) and gives him to Sarah Hargrave (Lisa Pelikan).
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