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Paradise (1982)

After their caravan is attacked and their respective families butchered by Arab marauders, teenagers David and Sarah flee across the desert. But the desert is filled with danger from the elements, animals and the appetite of the Jackal.


Stuart Gillard


Stuart Gillard
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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
Yosef Shiloach ... Ahmed (as Joseph Shiloach)
Shoshana Duer ... Bedouin Woman
Jerry Rosen Jerry Rosen ... Jackals Bodyguard
Riki Halfon Riki Halfon ... Belly Dancer


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>

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Did You Know?


Phoebe Cates' film debut. Cates was 17 years of age when she starred in this movie and did the nude scenes. The film was of two movies that Cates starred in 1982, the other was Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Cates not only is one of the film's two leads but was also selected as a performer to sing the movie's theme song, the "Paradise Theme". Cates refused to promote the film due to the depiction of nudity in the movie. According to Willie Aames, Cates was very upset by this. See more »


David and Sarah continually mispronounce Geoffrey's name as "Joffrey." In fact, it's the British spelling of "Jeffrey," which is how it's pronounced. See more »


Sarah: *Sarah is looking through a medical textbook and comes across an illustration of a nude adult male, noticing his penis* *giggles* You look funny!
David: So do you
David: *He notices what Sarah is looking at* We shouldn't be looking at this.
Sarah: Why not?
David: It could be sin
Sarah: *Regarding the male penis* But they're beautiful! How can looking at something so beautiful be a sin?
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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 »


Remake of The Blue Lagoon (1980) See more »


Paradise Theme
Sung by Phoebe Cates
Written and Produced by Joel Diamond and L. Russell Brown
Available on Columbia Records
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It's all about Phoebe...
11 March 2000 | by Dylan ChanSee all my reviews

Okay, I admit it. The only reason I rented this film was to see the gorgeous Phoebe Cates and those nude scenes which seemed to have gained more fame (or infamy?) than the actual film itself.

As many others have pointed out, this film borrows heavily from the Blue Lagoon but somehow manages to strip the emotion and warmth out of the formula.

I wandered through this movie totally oblivious to the death of the parental characters and I audibly yawned when Joffrey the minder died. Too much time is spent wasted on ridiculously stupid chimp scenes which one could over-intellectualise and proclaim as being a raw and uninhibited metaphor of the lives of Sarah and David, but in reality are there for cheap gags. As a result the movie seems too short even though you get the distinct feeling you have been sitting, watching it for a long time.

The continuity and time-span of Paradise seems horribly distorted. By the end of the movie you would swear that the two "cast-aways" had been lost out in the desert sea for no more than a couple of weeks. However, when Sarah conceives a child (towards the end of the movie) and she feels it kick in her womb (perhaps 20 minutes later) , you realise that the time span of the movie has been horribly compressed. As a result, I was left feeling baffled and rather surreal. There was no sense of extended isolation, self discovery or sincere empathy towards the characters as they never really seem to be in danger. Similarly, Paradise does not, nay cannot emulate the irony of Return to the Blue Lagoon, where Civilization is portrayed as the great destroyer or unmaker. The characters in The Blue Lagoon are wholly dependent on their little island, where as the oasis in Paradise seems like nothing more than a stop-over enroute. It's sad that it is nothing more than a rip off of The Blue Lagoon that misses the critical factors that made The Blue Lagoon so good.... but that's what it is.

In reality there is only one reason why you would want to watch this movie, and that is for the nude scenes of Phoebe Cates.. and trust me, they give the movie legs.

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7 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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CAD3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,815,503, 9 May 1982

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