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Plot: An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy. Runtime: 189 mins Release Date: 10 Oct 1966
christians: don't take it personally. (by aeon_nephesh)
i lived in hawaii for two years, and as a part of my standard elementary school curriculum, hawaiian history as taught by actual kapunas was always interesting. i didn't see "hawaii" until about ten years after living there. based on everything i was told while i was there, "hawaii" accurately describes the decimation of islands' tribal system by the onslaught of forced christianity.if you're "offended as a christian" at this movie, you might want to question the virtues of selling or otherwise pushing a mythology on a society that's already had <more>
one for ages. the story of "hawaii" was never intended to be "anti-christian", or "politically correct" anymore than "jay and silent bob" was meant to be politically correct. not to be too glib, but one of the main points, especially with the character hale, is that people should have better priorities about themselves, such as mastering and resolving their own lives, sooner than worrying over, or assuming responsiblity for other people's dogmatic inclinations. this particular point has been made in countless stories since the beginning, but people always miss it because they're too busy doing their best to take the statements as personal attacks, whether against their religions, their lifestyles, or even in these inane days, the color of their socks.if you're secure in your beliefs as a christian, you should have no reason to be offended as a christian at this or any other story. yes, this story states point blank that christian missionaries did their best to destroy hawaii's native beliefs, traditions, et cetera; and yes, it happened. it's also an accurate history-based depiction of events neither any of you nor i are held responsible. there's nothing that demands a christian viewer needs to have any particular "identity" with hale, or any other figure like him. if you were catholic, would you automatically identify with tomas de torquemada while watching "the pit and the pendulum"? the purpose of these characters is not only to recount history, but also to teach people what not to do, how not to do it, and to some extent, who not to be.if, as christians, you should come away from this story with only one thought, it should be, "wow, that was unfortunate. i hope something like that doesn't happen again."
Loved the movie and have so written below. (by hoogbest)
The movie was absolutely perfect in every way. The key to its power is that all viewers SHOULD have read the book at least once....ideally more than once, before seeing the movie. So many of the characters and story lines are much easier to comprehend and appreciate if one has read the book before even attempting to enjoy the richness and completeness of the epic story that Michner wrote, as it appears on the screen The book was glorious and fully half of it was not in the movie. As a result, many incidents that were shown in the movie were confusing because the book explained them in <more>
Michner's classic detailed style which ultimately created the outline that helped the story flow. Forget any misguided claims that the book was about dictatorship, etc. and READ THE BOOK.....only then will you understand that in the final analysis it simply is the story of a humble as well as stubborn and proud but frequently lonely and sad New England Christian Pastor's life and how he tried to do his best for the people that he touched and came to love, as he walked through that life with Jesus and God directing him. The ending of the movie was very touching and meaningful......those that read the book know why and understand. By the way, I have never heard a more thrilling and beautiful opening orchestral piece in any movie. I was fortunate enough to hear that song sung at one of Don Ho's shows many years ago.....the words of the song are as equally haunting and beautiful as the music when they speak not of the inhabitants of the island and their love for that paradise, but rather it is a song of the love the island of Hawaii has for the people who inhabit one of God's true Heavenly creations......the opening line of the song goes, "I am your island I wish you love....". See the movie again and revel in it's greatness and if you are really interested in enjoying the entire Mitchner experience please READ THE BOOK at least once before you attempt to do so. ALOHA!
Another under-appreciated epic from the 60's (by Ken K.)
This was another under-appreciated epic from United Artists in the year 1966 the other was "Khartoum" . Taken from the center section and the longest section of James Michener's famous book, "Hawaii" is actually a rather intimate, incredibly tragic story despite its claim to "epic" scale. The performances are excellent, especially Max von Sydow as Abner, the stubborn, unyielding missionary. Special mention has to be made of Jocelyne LaGarde as Queen Malama. A woman who never acted before, Jocelyne gives a wonderful performance and will forever remain in <more>
your mind as the symbol of Hawaiian heart and warmth. The talent behind the camera is considerable: George Roy Hill as director, Russell Metty as cinematographer, and Elmer Bernstein as composer. I do sometimes wonder if this film was planned to be a Cinerama presentation. Many of the scene setups and photographic tricks seem to be designed with that in mind. Despite the length and the epic intentions, prepare yourself for an intimate film with an emotional impact not found in many films.
Gorgeous epic of a Hawaii that exists no longer. (by mark.waltz)
Breaking out of the mold of singing nannies, Julie Andrews plays a Bostonian socialite who marries a missionary Max Von Sydow and heads to the wilds of Hawaii where her husband works on converting the natives to Christianity. A ship's captain Richard Harris sets his sights on the lovely but fragile Andrews which tests the sanctity of marriage. Obsessed with converting what he believes to be a sinful life of the very sexual natives, Von Sydow neglects his wife, leading to tragedy and a climactic confrontation between Von Sydow and Harris. The fact that Harris would go on to play King <more>
Arthur in the film version of "Camelot" while Andrews was unable to reprise her role as Guenevere makes this an interesting pairing during this time.Beautiful to look at and superbly acted, this takes James Michener beyond the tales of the South Pacific and Bali Hai to what would later become America's 50th State. Andrews totally underplays her role here after flamboyantly playing Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp, so this is a nice change of pace for her. Von Sydow is a bit hammy in spots, but if you consider the type of character he is playing, that is not entirely out of place. The acting honors go to Jocelyn La Garde, the Hawaiian born native chosen to play the last Queen. Speaking her few English language lines phonetically, the hefty La Garde is lovable, touching and fierce. And yes, that is Carroll O'Connor, the future Archie Bunker here, playing Andrews' father.This also contains one of the most beautiful music scores by Elmer Bernstein to grace an epic film of the 1960's, one you'll not soon forget. While some of the historical references have been questioned in regards to their accuracy, the film paints a realistic portrayal of the hardships faced by mainland Americans as they face the elements of a land they can never quite understand. This is the type of film that should be given occasional big screen re-releases so today's audiences can see how epics used to be made without resulting in headaches due to overpowering sound and computer generated effects.
I saw this incredible film in the theatre first run in 1966 and WoW! was it mesmerizing and full of over the top adult themes given my limited background. So when I turned on TMC and I saw the lush scenery and score and in two seconds I shouted: HAWAII!!! I really doubted it could have possibly been a movie I saw 53 years ago and never since. Sure enough it was and I was surprised and shocked. It mush have made a HUGE impression on me and I can understand why. I had a fascination with Island Culture from a very young age and perhaps wanderlust set in prematurely? All I can say is: What else <more>
is hiding in that brain of wonderful memories, it must be extensive and how to access? Second viewing shows poor aging in the over dramatic scenes with Max, had no idea who Gene Hackman was but appreciate his versatility moreso now. The Cinematography is outstanding spectacular and have rarely seen such verdant, bucolic, pastoral vistas save for other films featuring this alluring State. What a tragic story that is all too well known world-wide throughout history. You can only imagine what territories remain for future plunging. I believe this topic matter also impacted my deeply held Catholic beliefs as the Bible is shown as an evil instrument when all is said and done. However, Catholics are not particularly invested in Bible verses so I recovered. But the seeds were planted that all is not well and perfect in religious fervor land. High recommend for a grand sweeping epic under the careful direction of Hill who favored us again with the Newman and Redford team. Anyone else remember this in theatres? PDG
One of the few true masterpieces of film. (by WadeVC-1)
Max von Sydow, Julie Andrews and Richard Harris are excellent in this film that depicts how the missionaries descend upon the tropical paradise of Hawaii to convert the native people to Christianity and to "save" their souls.Reverand Hale Max von Sydow excellently portrays the role of an extremely pious, resentful and contemptible man of the cloth determined to destroy the harmonious way-of-life that the islanders have enjoyed for generations. Jurusha Hale Julie Andrews is the complete opposite of her husband showing extreme compassion for the islanders and their customs.This <more>
movie depicts quite well how a clash in customs and religion can utterly destroy generations and leave an impact on the indigenous people that no one could have imagined or thought possible.A long but extremely well acted movie, Hawaii will at times make you laugh, make you think, make you mad and above all take you on a ride of movie excellence that will soon make this "must have" for your movie library.
Max von Sydow pops up in this story of missionaries who went to Hawaii in the 1820s. It is really the story of his wife, Jerusha, who pines away in the island paradise. Jerusha is played by Julie Andrews, whom I never really cared for, although she was highly regarded in the 1960s. Von Sydow took on a similar role in 1971 in The Emigrants, a film in which he again uproots his wife only to watch her disintegrate. A young Richard Harris is Jerusha's jilted lover. Themes are typical. We watch native Hawaiians suffer as a result of contact with Europeans. The film is a bit too long, but it is <more>
worthwhile. I rented it when I decided to go to Hawaii.
A Dogmatic Christian Missionary clash with primitive people!!! (by elo-equipamentos)
This novel adaptation by George Roy Hill is fabulous in plenty way,centered in a dogmactic Christian Missionary played magnificently by Max Von Sydow,showing how damages can be done when two differents levels of civilization were obliged to lives together,one more civilized and strong side of rope and another in low degree still in a primitive life....all this managed by a puritane christian who insist by any means change a thousand years of native culture,Julie Andrews was top billing but has a secondary role as missionary's wife....a bit too long but totally understood about a nature of <more>
the story...Great unknown movie!!ResumeFirst watch: 2018 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 8