Hawaii

Hawaii

4.5 2
Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris

     
 

Hawaii hadn't even begun filming when director Fred Zinnemann was replaced by George Roy Hill; similarly, the role intended for Charlton Heston ended up being played by Richard Harris (though Heston would eventually star in the 1970 sequel, The Hawaiians). Based on James A. Michener's best-selling novel, the time frame of which was spread out overSee more details below

Overview

Hawaii hadn't even begun filming when director Fred Zinnemann was replaced by George Roy Hill; similarly, the role intended for Charlton Heston ended up being played by Richard Harris (though Heston would eventually star in the 1970 sequel, The Hawaiians). Based on James A. Michener's best-selling novel, the time frame of which was spread out over several centuries, the film concentrates only on the years 1820 to 1841. Still, Michener's basic point, that the virginal sanctity of the Hawaiian islands was forever shattered by the incursion of the white man, remains intact. Max Von Sydow stars as Abner Hale, an imperious minister who settles in Hawaii with his wife, Jerusha Bromley Hale (Julie Andrews). While Abner expects the islanders to adapt to him rather than the other way around, Jerusha goes out of her way to understand and appreciate her new neighbors. She eventually seeks comfort in the arms of her former lover Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris). Despite the lush location footage and such spectacular highlights as pagan ceremonies and an outsized typhoon, the scene most filmgoers remember is Julie Andrews' agonizingly convincing childbirth sequence. All told, it took seven years to translate Hawaii from script to screen -- and almost that long to make back its 15-million-dollar cost. In the early scenes of Hawaii (the 171-minute version, rather than the 151-minute reissue), Bette Midler plays a bit part as a ship passenger.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One's reaction to Hawaii may depend upon the version one sees, as there are several different cuts readily available -- but in any of its forms, Hawaii is at least a little too long. The James Michener novel on which it is based is itself a lengthy read, but even though the film concentrates on only one section of the novel, it tends to drag on. Adapting the Michener behemoth into a standard motion picture (as opposed to perhaps a television miniseries) was probably an impossible task for any screenwriter, but the work of Dalton Trumbo and Daniel Taradash is immensely disappointing. Both are talented screenwriters, but Hawaii is a turgid melodrama that only hints at their abilities. Director George Roy Hill does not help matters appreciably, pacing things sluggishly and creating action sequences that lack the intended impact. With all this against it, it's surprising that Hawaii is actually pretty good. Credit the excellent cast, with Max von Sydow at his self-righteous and imperious best and Julie Andrews a delight, and especially powerful during the famous childbirth sequence. There's also some scrumptious Russell Harlan lensing of some gorgeous location scenery, some good special effects, and colorful Dorothy Jeakins costumes. None of this makes Hawaii a great drama -- or a shorter one -- but it is diverting.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
UPC:
0027616921918
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Making of Hawaii" featurette; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Jerusha Bromley
Max von Sydow Abner Hale
Richard Harris Rafer Hoxworth
Carroll O'Connor Charles Bromley
Elizabeth Cole Abigail Bromley
Gene Hackman Rev. John Whipple
Diane Sherry Charity Bromley
Heather Menzies Mercy Bromley
Torin Thatcher Rev. Thorn
John Cullum Rev. Immanuel Quigley
Lou Antonio Rev. Abraham Hewlett
Jocelyne Lagarde Queen Malama
Manu Tupou Keoki
Ted Nobriga Kelolo
Elisabeth Logue Noelani
Lokelani S. Chicarell Iliki
Malcolm Atterbury Gideon Hale
Dorothy Jeakins Hepzibah Hale
George Rose Capt. Janders
Michael Constantine Mason
John Harding Collins
Robert Crawford Cridland
Bette Midler Passenger

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Raymond Boltz Set Decoration/Design
Marshall M. Borden Special Effects
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Paul Byrd Special Effects
Mack David Songwriter
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Stuart Gilmore Editor
James B. Gordon Special Effects
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Mirisch Producer
Cary O'Dell Production Designer
James Sullivan Art Director
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
James A. Michener Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Legend/Main Title
2. Call From God
3. Courtship
4. The Rocky Seas
5. Temptation of the Flesh
6. Arrival
7. Clash of Cultures
8. A Child's Life
9. Church and God
10. The Whalers Arrive
11. Birth
12. New Laws
13. Discontent
14. So Far Away
15. Religious Conflicts
16. State of Grace
17. Blasphemy
18. Quarantine
19. Failure
20. Jerusha's Fate
21. Sinful Changes
22. New England-Bound
23. New Assistant
24. End Credits

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