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- 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:
|Starring||Max Von Sydow, Julie Andrews & Richard Harris|
|Performer:||Gene Hackman, Jocelyn Lagarde, Carroll O'Connor, Torin Thatcher, Julie Andrews & Richard Harris|
|Directed by||George Roy Hill|
|Screenwriting by||Daniel Taradash & Dalton Trumbo|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Story by||James A. Michener|
|Director of Photography:||Russell Harlan|
- 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.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 140 ratings.
Young Calvinist Abner travels to Hawaii with his newly wedded wife to preach God’s word to the natives. Max von Sydow plays this rigid, fanatic fundamentalist very convincing. His wife, Jerusha – very refreshing and lively Julie Andrews - displays the juxtaposition. Between these two characters lies the central theme of the film: do we have to love God exclusively and above all more than our contemporaries? They both anwser this question in their own way: Jerusha abandons the great love of her life (Richard Harris) and offers herself as a sacrifice. Abner remains an irreversible unconvincibly staunch fanatic. He dies alone a visionary traumatized old man without his children. Moreover other issues such as colonisation destroying the local culture are also mentioned and the part the church plays in this drama. The rather stormy voyage on the schoner to Hawaii (more than 5 minutes) leaves an everlasting impression on the audience. For those who don’t mind rather long discussions about God and our relation towards him this 1966 film can be exciting enterainment – even today.
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