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The Island (1980)

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A journalist takes his son with him to investigate pirate activity off the coast of Florida. But he gets stranded on a mysterious island--where he might not be alone.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Peter Benchley (screenplay), Peter Benchley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Blair Maynard
David Warner ... John David Nau
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Beth
Frank Middlemass ... Windsor
Don Henderson ... Rollo
Dudley Sutton ... Dr. Brazil
Colin Jeavons ... Hizzoner
Zakes Mokae ... Wescott
Brad Sullivan ... Stark
Jeffrey Frank Jeffrey Frank ... Justin Maynard
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Doctor #1
Bruce McLaughlin Bruce McLaughlin ... Doctor #2
James J. Casino James J. Casino ... Doctor #3 (as Jimmy Casino)
Suzanne Astor Suzanne Astor ... Mrs. Burgess
Susan Bredhoff Susan Bredhoff ... Kate
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In New York City, journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle area. Maynard is divorced, and his ex-wife sends their son Justin to stay with him while she is travelling with her boyfriend. Maynard brings Justin with him and promises to go to Walt Disney World with him. However, he tells Justin that they will travel to the Bermuda Triangle, but their plane crashes in an island. Maynard rents the boat of the local Dr. Brazil to fish barracuda with his son, but they are attacked by pirates and Maynard kills one of them in self-defense. They are captured and find that they are trapped in an island with pirates under the command of John David Nau. Maynard is forced to be the substitute for the husband of the widow Beth and Justin is brainwashed and converted into a pirate. Now Maynard tries to find a way off of the pirate island. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Super thriller from the author of Jaws and The Deep. See more »


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Trivia

As of 2020, this is the final (theatrical) movie adaptation of a Peter Benchley story. See more »

Goofs

Just as Michael Caine exits the plane right before it explodes, he yells "Run, Jeffrey, run" to his son. But his son's name (the character) is Justin, not Jeffrey. Jeffrey is the first name of the actor who plays the son. See more »

Quotes

Beth: What's that?
Blair Maynard: It's a drug called cocaine.
Beth: What does it cure?
Blair Maynard: Insecurity.
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References Superman (1978) See more »

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Ein Heldenleben
by Richard Strauss
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Shiver Me Timbers!!!!!
17 April 2000 | by G-Man-25See all my reviews

This movie should have done better at the boxoffice. Not too many people know about it, but it's an intriguing modern-day pirate tale with plenty of surprises and it's spiked with a healthy dose of black humor. Michael Caine plays a journalist assigned to investigate some mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle and decides that the trip would be a perfect vacation opportunity for him and his son to reconnect after being somewhat estranged due to divorce. They soon run afoul of a roving band of modern-day pirates who kidnap them and try to turn the son against father via brainwashing. Will Caine and his son escape the clutches of these scurvy scalawags? Finding out will be all the fun!

To go on would definitely spoil some of the many surprises, but be ready for plenty of amusing action, sharp humor and some hair-raising violence (including a finale that would make Sam Peckinpah DAMN proud!) A very entertaining adventure that deserves to be re-discovered. ***stars


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,123,267, 15 June 1980

Gross USA:

$15,716,828

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,716,828
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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