- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 12, 2005
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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, and Michael Constantine), and a terrific Elmer Bernstein score.
- Theatrical release: October 10, 1966.
- Shooting locations: Old Sturbridge Village, MA; Hawaii; Tahiti; and Norway.
- Estimated budget: $15 million.
- Fred Zinnemann withdrew after four years of preparations, before shooting began, and George Roy Hill took over. He was replaced for a time by Arthur Hiller but returned to finish the film.
- Bette Midler made her first screen appearance with a bit part in HAWAII.
- The first name of the Richard Harris character, Rafer, and the last name of the George Rose character, Janders, is the name of Richard Harris's character in the film THE WILD GEESE: Rafer Janders.