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Hawaii (1966)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 12, 2005

Budget $15,000,000

Running Time
3 hours, 9 minutes

Country USA

Studio Mirisch Corporation, United Artists

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• Hawaii



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Genre: Drama, Religion, Period Piece, Infidelity, Culture Clash

Plot: George Roy Hill's adaptation of James Michener's sprawling epic stars Max von Sydow and Julie Andrews as missionary couple Abner and Jerusha Hale. Following his graduation from divinity school in 1820, the rigid Hale awkwardly asks for the hand of the lovely Jerusha, despite her love for long-absent sea captain Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris). To his surprise she accepts, and the pair soon sets sail from Massachusetts, to bring the Lord's word to Hawaii. After a grueling journey, they are fortunate to reach the islands, where they're warmly greeted by Queen Malama (Joycelyne LaGarde). While Jerusha quickly charms the Hawaiian people, the grimly sanctimonious Abner insists that they adopt Christian values by covering their nakedness, renouncing their gods, and abandoning the practice of filial marriage. While the queen herself is unable to accept these strictures, she orders her people to accept them. One day the passionate Captain Hoxworth comes ashore, and although Jerusha still finds herself attracted to him, she refuses to be unfaithful to her husband. The captain is followed by succeeding waves of white men, leaving in their wake more commerce and disease. The film features stunning scenery, excellent acting (particularly on the part of von Sydow, Gene Hackman, John Cullum,

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 Directed by
George Roy Hill
The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The World According to Garp
 Written by
James Michener
The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Sayonara, South Pacific
Dalton Trumbo
Spartacus, Papillon, Roman Holiday
 Cast
Julie Andrews
Shrek 2, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
Max von Sydow
Minority Report, The Exorcist, Dune
Richard Harris
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Unforgiven
Gene Hackman
The Royal Tenenbaums, Unforgiven, Enemy of the State
Heather Menzies
The Sound of Music, Piranha, SSSSSSS
Carroll O'Connor
Return to Me, Kelly's Heroes, Lonely Are the Brave
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 Music By
Elmer Bernstein
Gangs of New York, Ghost Busters, The Blues Brothers



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