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Blood & Orchids (1986)

Hester Murdoch is found naked and nearly beaten to death by four young Hawaiian men on the beach and taken to the hospital. Some of the men didn't want to get involved, fearing they might ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writers:

Norman Katkov (teleplay), Norman Katkov (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Capt. Curtis 'Curt' Maddox
Jane Alexander ... Doris Ashley
Sean Young ... Leonore Bergman
José Ferrer ... Walter Bergman
Susan Blakely ... Marie Farrell
David Clennon ... Phillip Murray
George Coe ... Dr. Lansing
Richard Dysart ... Harvey Koster
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Sarah
Haunani Minn ... Princess Luahine
William Russ ... Lloyd Murdoch
James Saito ... Halehone
Matt Salinger ... Bryce Parker
Madeleine Stowe ... Hester Ashley Murdoch (as Madeline Stowe)
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Sergeant Jack Keller
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Hester Murdoch is found naked and nearly beaten to death by four young Hawaiian men on the beach and taken to the hospital. Some of the men didn't want to get involved, fearing they might be blamed, because she was white, but do so anyway. Almost immediately everyone suspects they are to blame. When Hester's politically influential mother Doris finds out what really happened, she fearing a scandal, forces her daughter to blame the men who rescued her, of raping and beating her. It's up to detective Curt Maddox, to find out what really happened, and their Hawaiian lawyer to do the impossible. Convince a white court of law, that they are innocent. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blut und Orchideen See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on the September 1931 rape and beating in Honolulu of Thalia Massie, wife of a Navy submarine officer stationed at Pearl Harbor. She accused several young Hawaiian men of the crime, which inflamed existing racial tensions in the islands between whites and native Hawaiians. See more »

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Provides important insights into the under-pinnings of Hawaiian society.
17 June 2002 | by baw-1See all my reviews

As someone who has both worked and played in Hawaii, I consider this to be one of just a few films that tell a good story and at the same time let the viewer know about the history and social levels of Hawaii. All persons who travel to Hawaii for vacation fun should see this reality-based film.


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