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Hawaii (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 10 December 1966 (Japan)
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An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

James A. Michener (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Jerusha Bromley
Max von Sydow ... Rev. Abner Hale
Richard Harris ... Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
Gene Hackman ... Dr. John Whipple
Carroll O'Connor ... Charles Bromley
Jocelyne LaGarde ... Malama Kanakoa - The Ali'i Nui
Manu Tupou ... Keoki
Ted Nobriga Ted Nobriga ... Kelolo
Elizabeth Logue ... Noelani
John Cullum ... Rev. Immanuel Quigley
George Rose ... Capt. Janders
Lou Antonio ... Rev. Abraham Hewlett
Torin Thatcher ... Rev. Dr. Thorn
Michael Constantine ... Mason, sailor
Malcolm Atterbury ... Gideon Hale
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Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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James Michener's novel reaches the screen.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

10 December 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,562,222
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Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Zinnemann was originally slated to direct and Audrey Hepburn and Sir Alec Guinness were set to star. Unfortunately, conflicts with Producer Walter Mirisch and co-Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, as well as numerous delays caused by the weather, caused him to walk off the project shortly before filming started. George Roy Hill was brought in to direct. See more »

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In the opening scene, which is set in 1818, Jerusha is said to be 22, but a later shot of her gravestone has her born in 1799. See more »

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[reading from a proclamation to her subjects]
Queen Malama: Next law: Everyone will love Jesus.
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The original roadshow release was in 6-track stereo; however, the DVD has been released in mono. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Splendor in the Grace
19 March 1999 | by dweckSee all my reviews

"Hawaii," based on about one-third of the Michener novel, is one of those big, old-fashioned epics, full of wistful vistas, compelling performances, and casts of thousands.

Julie Andrews' acting abilities shine as bright as the tropical sun in this story of a New England woman who accompanies her stodgy husband to the islands on a mission to convert the heathens. Andrews' buoyant on-screen persona is held in check here (as it is in the overly criticized "Darling Lili"), making her Jerusha a quiet heroine. Her childbirth scene is effective for the visceral reaction it creates, and she's got one whopping good speech toward the end, where she finally gives her stick-in-the-mud hubby what-for.

Von Sydow, who would work with Andrews again later in "Duet for One," is all bluster and bellowing, condemning just about everyone he comes in contact with. I find the performance rather one-note; however, the opening scenes in which Hale tries to woo the lovely Jerusha are sweetly awkward.

Richard Harris shows up as a long-lost sea captain in one of moviedom's most impossible coincidences. Harris is all fire and passion, exactly the kind of third-party that a juicy love triangle needs.

George Roy Hill's direction keeps things moving at a brisk pace, despite the lengthy running time. He had a gorgeous palette to paint with, and he takes full advantage. The sea trek--complete with storms--suffers from some very obvious blue-screening, but Hill manages to build an appropriate sense of excitement.

I'm also going to carp with costumer Dorothy Jeakins. Andrews costumes are lovely (but consider what Jeakins had to work with), but Von Sydow goes running throughout the movie with his stove-pipe hat cemented onto his head. Works okay for the New England settings, but once the cast hits the beach, he ends up looking like some kind of absurd Dr. Doolittle (Hugh Lofting's, creation, not Eddie Murphy's).

Jeakins also makes a very brief appearance (her role was trimmed mightily) as Hale's mother.

While on the subject of the supporting players, LaGarde had no acting experience whatsoever (and, hence, drove the production schedule and budget way off base), but she's utterly charming. She more than earned her Oscar nomination.

Funny to see a pre-Archie Carroll O'Connor in the New England sequences. Also watch for Heather Menzies as one of Jerusha's younger sisters. Two years earlier, she had played Louisa von Trapp to Andrews' Maria. Gene Hackman's here, too, as a put-upon doctor.

One last note: If you're going to seek out this treasure, please, please, please opt for the widescreen version. The rocking of the boat sickened many of the passengers on their way to paradise, and likewise, the pan-and-scan version will sicken viewers of this terrific epic.


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