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Nate and Hayes (1983)

A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director:

Ferdinand Fairfax

Writers:

Lloyd Phillips (story), John Hughes (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Captain Bully Hayes
Michael O'Keefe ... Nathaniel Williamson
Max Phipps ... Ben Pease
Jenny Seagrove ... Sophie
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Count Von Rittenberg
Peter Rowley Peter Rowley ... Louis Beck
William Johnson William Johnson ... Reverend Williamson (as Bill Johnson)
Kate Harcourt ... Mrs. Williamson
Reg Ruka Reg Ruka ... Moaka
Roy Billing ... Auctioneer
Bruce Allpress ... Mr. Blake
David Letch ... Ratbag
Prince Tui Teka Prince Tui Teka ... King of Ponape
Pudji Waseso Pudji Waseso ... Fong
Peter Vere-Jones ... Gunboat Captain
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Storyline

It's the late nineteenth century in the South Pacific. Bully Hayes considers himself a pirate with morals and standards, and while he has never flown the skull and crossbones, he has dealt in illegal trade, albeit never having swindled or killed anyone who didn't deserve it. It is after one of those trading missions with a native tribe gone wrong that he is arrested "by an old friend" under Spanish law for attempting to sell arms to the enemy, a crime punishable by hanging. Awaiting his fate in a dank prison cell, he tells his lawyer how he came to this situation. What Bully specifically tells him is the last escapades aboard his former beloved ship, the Rona, the long voyage transporting New Englander Nathaniel Williamson and his British fiancée Sophie to their South Pacific mission where they were to be married before bringing the word of God to the natives. Earnest Nathaniel disliked him from the beginning due to the harmless or not so harmless flirtation between him and Sophie. ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

He's a scoundrel... A hero... A lover of danger and the last of the adventurers... This is the story of Bully Hayes! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Islands See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$815,160, 20 November 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,963,756
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was part of a cycle of films in the Indiana Jones mold which were made after the box-office success of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Others included Sky Pirates (1986), King Solomon's Mines (1985), Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986), River of Death (1989), and High Road to China (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Nate is sailing away on the raft, the surviving native is shown topless as he waves goodbye. No injuries can be seen from either the front or behind, despite the character recently having been shot in the shoulder when the island was attacked. See more »

Quotes

Captain Bully Hayes: [to an interviewer, while waiting to be hanged] Are you putting down in that book that I'm a pirate?
Writer: Well, in a manner of speaking, I suppose one could say that I am, yes.
Captain Bully Hayes: Good! Because I am! And a damn good one too. Oh, I never flew the skull and crossed bones. That's for your fictioneers. But I have sought pleasure and profit all my life at sea without regard for any man's law. That's not to say I didn't have my morals and standards. I got morals and standards. I never killed anyone who didn't...
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Swashbuckling Fun!
27 November 1999 | by comquestSee all my reviews

"Nate and Hayes" brings to mind the great adventure epics and Saturday morning serials of the fifties.

The plot is filled with cliffhangers and the characters are robust. Tommy Lee Jones is compelling as the swashbuckling Booty Hayes, and the elegant Jenny Seagrove is the kind of "damsel in distress" that we'd all love to rescue from the likes of dispicable Capt. Pease.

Spectacular locations in New Zealand and Fiji provide a perfect backdrop for the action, which will keep any adventure lover on the edge of his or her seat.

Grab a giant tub of buttered popcorn and escape to the South Seas. It's an exciting voyage!


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