The Hawaiians

Overview

The Hawaiians is the sequel to 1969's Hawaii; both films were adapted from the same sprawling novel by James A. Michener. Charlton Heston is top-billed as a sailor who returns to his Hawaiian homestead, only to learn that his grandfather's fortune has been bestowed upon his hated cousin Alec McCowan. As a reprisal, Heston sets up his own pineapple plantation in competition with his cousin. Heston's son John Phillip Law falls in love with the daughter Virginia Ann Lee of a Chinese farmer Mako. The issue of ...
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Overview

The Hawaiians is the sequel to 1969's Hawaii; both films were adapted from the same sprawling novel by James A. Michener. Charlton Heston is top-billed as a sailor who returns to his Hawaiian homestead, only to learn that his grandfather's fortune has been bestowed upon his hated cousin Alec McCowan. As a reprisal, Heston sets up his own pineapple plantation in competition with his cousin. Heston's son John Phillip Law falls in love with the daughter Virginia Ann Lee of a Chinese farmer Mako. The issue of miscegenation rears its ugly head, but by the end of this very long film Heston's family is united by marriage to the Chinese clan. The British title of The Hawaiians was Master of the Islands.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Like its predecessor (Hawaii), The Hawaiians is a good enough film that should have been a much better one. Both films derive from Jams Michener's epic chronicle of the history of the island, a novel that is jam packed with enough excitement, color and plot for a dozen movies, and all of which would seem a fairly natural translation to the screen. But The Hawaiians comes across a big stodgy; even when it is huffing and puffing and letting its characters get all worked up about the big events that are happening in their lives and to their island, it doesn't light up with the fiery passion it keeps promising. As a result, the two-hour-plus film drags in places and comes across as a bit too long. It's still worth watching, and it's not that one watches and wishes elements had been cut; it's just that one wishes the director had found a way to breathe more life into the proceedings. Some of the casting is also problematic, starting with lead Charlton Heston. The actor never seems fully committed to the part, as if he didn't totally understand the role. He goes through the paces and does what is expected of him, but the essence of the character eludes him. Geraldine Chaplin, though better than Heston, also doesn't seem fully in sync with her character. This is no problem for Tina Chen, who turns in the film's best performance -- aided perhaps by the manner in which her character is allowed to grow and change. Hawaiians is visually a treat, with gorgeous costumes and yummy photography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2011
  • UPC: 883904237747
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,754

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Whip Hoxworth
Geraldine Chaplin Purity Hoxworth
John Phillip Law Noel Hoxworth
Tina Chen Nyuk Tsin
Alec McCowen Micah Hale
Mako Mun Ki
Don Knight Milton Overpeck
Miko Mayama Fumiko
Khigh Dhiegh Kai Chung
Keye Luke Foo Sen
Lyle Bettger Janders
Winston Char Europe, age 17
Randy Kim Asia, age 19
Bill Fong Australia, age 14
Eric Lin Moon Chu Europe
Eddie Pang Africa
Wayne Chow Asia
Jeffrey Chang America
Steve Choy Australia
Jules Martin Noel, age 6
George Paulsin Noel, age 15
Tanya Chang Me Li, age 8
James Hong Ti Chong
Elizabeth Smith Apikela
James Gregory Dr. Whipple, Sr.
Harry Holcombe Fredericks
Michael Leon Africa, age 18
Murray Staff A. Whipple
Harry Townes American Minister
Herman Wedemeyer Fire Chief
Bruce Wilson Morris
Forrest Wood Hewlett
Soo Yong Mrs. Ching
Victor A. Young America, age 16
Victor Sen Yung Chun Fat
Virginia Ann Lee Mei Li
Chris Robinson Young Dr. Whipple
Naomi Stevens Queen Liluokalani
Mary Munday Malama Hale
Technical Credits
Tom Gries Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Sass Bedig Special Effects
James I. Berkey Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Byron Brandt Editor
George B. Chan Art Director
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Daniel McCauley Set Decoration/Design
Walter Mirisch Producer
Cary O'Dell Production Designer
Chuck Roberson Stunts
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Robert Stambler Associate Producer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Warner Sound Editor
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Ralph Winters Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Zendar Stunts
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