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Paradise (1982)

In the Victorian period, two teenagers, David and Sarah, travel with a caravan from Baghdad to Damascus. At an oasis, the white slave agent known as the Jackal raids them, mainly to add the... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Gillard

Writer:

Stuart Gillard
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Willie Aames ... David
Phoebe Cates ... Sarah
Tuvia Tavi Tuvia Tavi ... The Jackal
Richard Curnock Richard Curnock ... Geoffrey
Neil Vipond Neil Vipond ... Reverend
Aviva Marks ... Rachel
Joseph Shiloach ... Ahmed
Shoshana Duer ... Bedouin Woman
Jerry Rosen Jerry Rosen ... Jackals Bodyguard
Riki Halfon Riki Halfon ... Belly Dancer
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Storyline

In the Victorian period, two teenagers, David and Sarah, travel with a caravan from Baghdad to Damascus. At an oasis, the white slave agent known as the Jackal raids them, mainly to add the beautiful young Sarah to his harem. Only David and Sarah narrowly escape, and all the others are slayed in the massacre. Their flight leads them to a beautiful oasis - their paradise - where they discover love and sex. However, the Jackal has not given up on Sarah yet, and David must lure him to his death, or be killed by him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Two People Have Ever Come So Close... See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paraíso See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,815,503, 7 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,588,800
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Showtime Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor Willie Aames has stated in an interview that the love scenes were more explicit in the version that he and Phoebe Cates were shown for approval. During production, Cates and Aames decided that the picture did not require the amount of nudity that had been written into the script. See more »

Goofs

Two chimpanzees mate and end up with a baboon baby. See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Theme from Paradise," which originally appeared in two scenes, has been replaced with original score cues by the film's composer Paul Hoffert on the 2006 Spanish DVD (issued by Universal) and on current U.S. premium cable airings. The end credits, which originally featured "Paradise" sung by Phoebe Cates, now have an instrumental cue by Hoffert. The first skinny-dipping scene, which featured an instrumental version of "Paradise" now has another Hoffert cue in its place. See more »

Connections

Referenced in TruInside: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Paradise Theme
Sung by Phoebe Cates
Written and Produced by Joel Diamond and L. Russell Brown
Available on Columbia Records
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enjoy the cinematography and settings
4 September 2009 | by thesiouxfallskidSee all my reviews

After reading the comments here, I hesitated on this one but glad I went ahead and saw it. Yes, the story has problems, far-fetched and cheesy, but the cinematography, costuming, and settings were fantastic. I don't consider myself too generous giving the film a 7 despite certain shortcomings. The locations - desert, oases, Arabic architecture were well chosen, costuming very stylish, camels, ocean, underwater photography were well done. The actors/actresses did a decent job despite the script. And since when was any paradise on this planet anything but far-fetched? Blue Lagoon does not own youthful awakening. Dream a little and enjoy the visuals.


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