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Savage Islands (1983)

Nate and Hayes (original title)
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 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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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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Partners in Piracy. Rivals in Romance. Allies in Adventure. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Released onto VHS and Betamax home rental markets in April 1984. See more »

Goofs

When Pegleg shoots one of Pease's henchmen in the alley, the gun is pointed slightly to the right of the camera, but the henchman is standing just to the left of the camera. See more »

Quotes

Ben Pease: There it is, Ponape.
Count Von Rittenberg: Why is it so cold?
Ben Pease: I wouldn't ask too many questions about Ponape. You wouldn't like the answers.
Count Von Rittenberg: I don't like this place.
Ben Pease: But it'll still make a nice port for your Fatherland. Cold, evil, nasty but cheap.
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Alternate Versions

UK television broadcasts on Talking Pictures TV (and also in the past on the BBC) shown before the 9pm watershed have some of the cussing either dubbed out or, in at least one case, the volume reduced so it can only just be made out. See more »

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Likable Adventure That Happily Pushes No Envelopes
4 December 2006 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I saw Nate and Hayes back in the day, in the darkness of the theater. It was fun, but the memory of Raiders of the Lost Ark (which was certainly responsible for this film's existence) was too fresh, and this minor film suffered in comparison. Though Nate and Hayes was competently made, and had it's charms, it was obviously a TV movie that somehow made it up to the big screen. I think that if they'd had a bit more money to spend, the filmmakers could have created a film just as good as Disney's recent pirate adventures. With more varied camera-work, a few more creative action bits, better costumes, and richer cinematography, the same screenplay could have been made into a smash hit classic. In fact, most of the big hits of the past 3 decades have basically just been slick and shiny remakes of little films like this one. And Tommy Lee Jones makes a fantastic Pirate, Texas accent and all!


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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$815,160, 20 November 1983

Gross USA:

$1,963,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,963,756
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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