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HAWAII (1966)

HAWAII (1966): Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives.

Directed by George Roy Hill

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  • David DePaso

    Hi, I stumbled across the movie and thought it was very good, although it seemed a waste of Julie Andrews talents. She could have had more of a part. I loved the person who played the queen but it was too bad they killed her off since she was the most interesting character. It was unfortunately a sad depiction (although very funny at times) of what happened and seems to be little discussed in American History. I guess Americans have historically good at destroying untouched paradise and native peoples, I am really surprised that in my late 30′s I had never heard of the movie. Did it show what happened to Julie Andrews in the extended uncut version? Is that what you showed? Thanks

  • Marjorie Renstrom

    I dvr’d Hawaii from my tv Sunday AM at 1:40Am and it said 2:50 minutes but it did’t record the ending as there was an explanation at the beginning about the movie and I think that was part of the minutes. Very disappointing not to see the end of the movie. Couldn’t find anywhere to download it or see it again
    Hope you can help on that. We were away for several weeks and because of dvr we could catch up with Masterpiece theatre. No PBS on board ships.

  • John Derek Norvell

    Hawaii is my favorite George Roy Hill movie as well as being one of my top favorite movies of all time. Max Von Sydow is my favorite actor. I had the honor of meeting Manu Tupou who played Keoki some years ago at Lincoln Center and I wish I had met Jocelyn Lagarde who played Malama. I would like to thank thirteen for showing the film, although this is the cut dvd version. I have two copies of the full length VHS over 3 hour version of the film at home. I hope that one day MGM will have the good sense to re-release the full version on Blue Ray DVD. The film is a classic and should have won several academy awards including one for the magnificent score by Elmer Bernstein. I hear the theme song became the state anthem of Hawaii.

  • Sue Zins

    I read the novel, by James Michener before seeing the movie. I was very disappointed in this movie, as it was based only on the very last part of the novel, which concerned missionaries that went to Hawaii. At least 75% of the book was not dealt with in the movie. In the book, MIchener started with the formation of the Hawaiian islands due to volcanic activity. (This is still going on today). Next, Michener dealt with the Polynesians that migrated there, followed by immigration of Chinese and Japanese people. Each section of the novel had many characters and their stories. WhileI know the film version may take some liberties with the book, this movie had almost nothing to do with the novel. It was a waste of Julie Andrews talent, and I don’t know why this movie was even made. ***If anyone is interested in the history of the Hawaiian islands, I highly recommend James Michener’s novel, even though it is a little long. It was fascinating and one day I plan to re-read it.*** The novel was worth it.