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Hawaii (1966)

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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 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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

15 December 1966 (Sweden) 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was responsible for launching the career of Bette Midler. She can be seen in the crowd as an extra playing a seasick passenger aboard a ship listening to the preacher played by Max von Sydow. Midler was also hired for a small speaking role, and went to Los Angeles to film these scenes in a studio. Her scenes were cut from the final film. However, Bette used the money she earned to move to New York City, where her career took off. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Abner Hale: Your mother will not be pleased that you have refused the deaconship.
Keoki: My mother is dying.
Abner Hale: Your mother is not dying, Keoki. I just talked with her. There is nothing wrong with her.
Keoki: She will die... and then will come the whistling wind.
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Alternate Versions

The original roadshow release was in 6-track stereo; however, the DVD has been released in mono. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Bette Midler (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

MY WISHING DOLL
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Epic-scale adventure drama or history lesson?
16 March 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Bumpy, overlong drama does have magnetic sequences that stay with you. New England reverend (Max von Sydow, who never elicits our interest or compassion) sails to the Hawaiian islands with his wife in 1820 to introduce the natives to Christianity. Soapy plot taken from James A. Michener's book tries to cram too many years into 170 minutes of screen-time. The task of adapting the mammoth bestseller was probably a bad idea right from the start, and the picture is certainly a botch, but I did enjoy Julie Andrews as von Sydow's wife and the early scenes have atmosphere and tension. But Max von Sydow is a real problem: he's so overly-pious he's pathetic, which is probably not the effect hoped for. Look fast for real-life Hawaiian resident Bette Midler on the Eastern ship as it arrives to the island. **1/2 from ****


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