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Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

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In this sequel to The Blue Lagoon (1980), two children are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together and eventually become suntanned teenagers in love.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Henry De Vere Stacpoole (book), Leslie Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Milla Jovovich ... Lilli Hargrave
Brian Krause ... Richard Lestrange
Lisa Pelikan ... Sarah Hargrave
Courtney Barilla ... Young Lilli (as Courtney Phillips)
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Young Richard (as Garette Patrick Ratliff)
Emma James Emma James ... Infant Lilli
Jackson Barton Jackson Barton ... Infant Richard
Nana Coburn Nana Coburn ... Sylvia Hilliard
Brian Blain Brian Blain ... Captain Jacob Hilliard
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Quinlan
Alexander Petersons Alexander Petersons ... Giddens
John Mann ... First Captain
Wayne Pygram ... Kearney
John Dicks John Dicks ... Penfield
Gus Mercurio ... First Mate
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Storyline

While the general theme of this film resembles "The Blue Lagoon" (the film for which this is a sequel), the basic plot is quite different. We open the film with a ship finding the craft with our original characters in it, Richard and Emmeline dead and Paddy alive. Established in the first film, the only word Paddy ever says is "Richard", so the crew assumes Richard is the infant's name. Taken in by Sarah, a widow with an infant baby girl Lilli, Richard (Paddy) is cared for in a return to civilization. Struck by cholera, the crew of the ship start to die and the captain sets Sarah, Richard, Lilli and a healthy crew member on a lifeboat in an attempt to preserve their lives. With water and food running short, the crew member escorting Sarah and the children becomes dangerous, so Sarah takes the only course of action she feels suitable to preserve the children: she strikes him and throws him overboard. Taking control of the small craft, she eventually guides them back to the island of ... Written by Bree Pearson

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso a la laguna azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Fiji See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,807,854
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This major motion picture was filmed on Taveuni, one of three hundred islands in the Fiji archipelago. With an average of four hundred inches of rain a year, Taveuni is usually overgrown with magnificent greenery and is rightly referred to as Fiji's "Garden Island". See more »

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Richard continually beats the shark swimming across the reef. A shark can swim from between 25-45mph whereas most Olympic swimmers can only swim about 5mph. He would stand no chance. See more »

Quotes

Richard: With this ring, I thee wed, Lilli.
Lilli: With this ring, I thee wed, Richard.
[They exchange wedding rings]
Lilli: And now were...
Richard: One. Forever.
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Alternate Versions

Both the US pan & scan DVD and the European wide screen DVD are reframed to cut out Lilli's breast in the scene where she's looking at herself in the mirror. The older VHS releases showed her nipple at the very bottom of the screen. See more »

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Follows The Blue Lagoon (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

A World of Our Own
Music by Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Produced by Dennis Lambert and Barry Mann
Performed by Surface featuring Bernard Jackson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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A decent film in its own right
19 June 2007 | by BabyFarkMcGeeZaxSee all my reviews

The Good: - Scenery - Soundtrack - Cinematography

The Bad: - Disregards the plot from The Blue Lagoon - Sexual "overtones" rather than "undertones" - More an attempt at capitalizing on the popularity of the original than an extension of the latter's story

Comments:

There aren't many situations that manage to capture the imagination as does watching two children blossom into young adults isolated from civilization on a dessert island. The Blue Lagoon's charm was the unadulterated depiction of the purity and innocence of mind that "civilized" society deprives us. It was the forgotten image of what children are all doomed to lose as they experience life based on societal dictates rather than the nature we are all born with.

Return to the Blue Lagoon re-examines these themes, if under the somewhat greater taint of society's teachings. In this way, the purity of the characters of Return is not as pure, the innocence not as innocent. Although the opening sequence makes quick work of any attachment to the original, Return was a decent film in its own right. Fans of the original will inevitably find it difficult to resist the sequel. The trick will be mentally disregarding it, should it prove more unsettling than fulfilling.


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