- Original title
- Running time
- 171 min.
- United States
George Roy Hill
Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash (Novel: James A. Michener)
Max von Sydow,
Mirisch Corporation, The. Distributed by United Artists
Drama | Historical
- Movie Groups
James A. Michener Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) directed this adaptation of James Michener's novel about the history of the 50th state. Max von Sydow plays a zealous missionary with a Calvinist bent, intent on enlightening the natives even as his wife (Julie Andrews) is romanced by the dashing Richard Harris. The film is both a glossy vision of Hawaii in the early 19th century and a sometimes-brutal drama full of death, a rough childbirth, stormy weather, etc. Hill's blunt editing, meant to emphasize the more terrifying aspects of the natural order of life, makes the film look particularly dated and mannered today. This is best appreciated for its cast, all of whom were making inroads in Hollywood at the time. --Tom Keogh (from amazon.com)
: 7 Nominations for Oscar, including Supporting Actress (LaGarde), Cinematography, Costume Design
: Golden Globes: Supporting Actress (LaGarde) and Score. 3 Nominations
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