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Hawaii
Directed by George Roy Hill
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Written by James A. Michener (novel)
Dalton Trumbo & Daniel Taradash (screenplay)
Starring Julie Andrews
Max von Sydow
Gene Hackman
Jocelyne LaGarde
Richard Harris
Carroll O'Connor
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Editing by Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) October 10, 1966
Running time 189 min.
Language English

Hawaii is a 1966 American film based on the novel of the same name by James A. Michener. It tells the story of an 1820s Yale University divinity student (Max von Sydow) who, along with his new bride (Julie Andrews), becomes a Calvinist missionary in the Hawaiian Islands. It was filmed at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

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Premise

The film was based on the book's third chapter From the Farm of Bitterness, which covered the settlement of the island kingdom by its first American missionaries[1].

Needing a Polynesian female for the key role of Queen Malama, the Alii Nui, the producers hired a native Tahitian for the role. French-speaking Jocelyne LaGarde had never acted before and could not speak English; however, her screen test showed a powerful presence, and the producers hired a coach to train her phonetically to handle the character's dialog. Of the all-star cast, LaGarde would be the only one to earn an Academy Award nomination and the only one to win a Golden Globe Award. The film was also the highest-grossing film of 1966.

Availability of different versions

The film as originally released ran 189 minutes (including overture, intermission, entr'acte, and exit music). This roadshow version would be issued on VHS and LaserDisc from the best available elements. For general release, it was subsequently cut by UA to 162 minutes and is the one on DVD (as the best elements suitable for DVD came from the general release). Both versions have been broadcast on Turner Classic Movies.

Cast

The principal characters in the film were portrayed as follows:

Bette Midler also had her first on-screen movie appearance in Hawaii as a ship passenger with no dialogue.

Award wins

Award nominations

See also

  • The Hawaiians, a 1970 sequel, which covered later chapters of James Michener's book.

References

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