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Hero's Island (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 16 September 1962 (USA)
In 1718 a recently freed family of indentured workers inherits the small uninhabited Bull Island off the Carolina coast. The family consist of husband and wife, one son, and a second son ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Stevens

Writer:

Leslie Stevens (dramatist)
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Mason ... Jacob Weber
Neville Brand ... Kingstree
Kate Manx ... Devon Mainwaring
Rip Torn ... Nicholas Gates
Warren Oates ... Wayte Giddens
Brendan Dillon ... Thomas Mainwaring
Harry Dean Stanton ... Dixey Gates (as Dean Stanton)
Robert Sampson ... Enoch Gates
Morgan Mason Morgan Mason ... Cullen
Darby Hinton ... Jafar
John Hudkins ... Bullock (as John Hudkins Jr.)
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... Pound (as Robert Johnson)
William Hart William Hart ... Meggett
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In 1718 a recently freed family of indentured workers inherits the small uninhabited Bull Island off the Carolina coast. The family consist of husband and wife, one son, and a second son who they bought as a baby. The local fishermen who were already using the island think they own the island and attempt to force the family to leave, during which the husband is killed. The conflict over the island escalates as more people including a castaway, a fugitive from justice, and hired heavies join each side. Not everyone is who they seem to be or claim to be. Written by <StJenna@aol.com> & Donald Telfer

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Pioneers Of The Sea... Tamers Of The Land... Builders Of The Dream! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Land We Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daystar Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Mason's son, Morgan, appears as Cullen. See more »

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Forget Captain Jack Sparrow and watch a more accurate depiction of the pirate life
22 December 2011 | by phillip_hrdySee all my reviews

This offbeat film plays like an early indie movie; but is well acted and entertaining. The film move largely shot on Catalina Island in 1961 and benefits from California sunshine while avoiding the phony appearance of the studio back lot. James Mason is excellent in the role of Blackbeard the Pirate's ex-first mate Major Stede Bonnett, managing an understated cool machismo throughout the story. Kate Manx is earnest and lovely in the leading lady role, while talent like Warren Oates, Rip Torn and Harry Dean Stanton demonstrated early in their careers why they all became stellar character players. The regional dialect is authentic to early 18th century New England with a solid script to match.


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