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The Hawaiians (1970)

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Gries

Writers:

James A. Michener (novel), James R. Webb (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Whip Hoxworth
Tina Chen ... Nyuk Tsin
Geraldine Chaplin ... Purity Hoxworth
Mako ... Mun Ki
John Phillip Law ... Noel Hoxworth
Alec McCowen ... Micah Hale
Don Knight ... Milton Overpeck
Miko Mayama ... Fumiko
Virginia Ann Lee Virginia Ann Lee ... Mei Li
Chris Robinson ... Dr. Whipple Jr.
Naomi Stevens ... Queen Liliuokalani
Keye Luke ... Foo Sen
Khigh Dhiegh ... Kai Chung
Mary Munday Mary Munday ... Malama Hale
Harry Townes ... Houghton
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Storyline

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The continuation of James A. Michener's epic novel, Hawaii!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1970 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the Islands See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Although he had declined the original "Hawaii " in 1966. Heston was willing to make this sequel. According to David Shipman's Great Movie Stars- the International Years, Heston was paid $750, 000 plus 10% of the profits. See more »

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As the fire is shown consuming the mercantile, the editor forgot to delete the image of a hand holding up a torch to set the hanging sign on fire. See more »

Quotes

Whip Hoxworth: You know Wu Chow's Auntie, I'm a damned lucky man. At my age I still have a goal in life, to keep you from getting my shirt.
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Beautiful Hawaii
13 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure that what attracted Charlton Heston to sign on for The Hawaiians was the fact he'd be working with director Tom Gries with whom he had done Will Penny and Number One. Will Penny was Heston's favorite film. The Hawaiians would mark the third and final joint project the two men worked on.

Heston plays the grandson of that New England sea captain Richard Harris from the film Hawaii and the James Michener book it is based on. He's every bit the hell raiser that grandfather was, but has an eye for business and does have a vision for Hawaii. Of course it's not the same vision as the native Hawaiians had or the same vision that Chinese and Japanese immigrants have. That in a nutshell is the history of Hawaii.

The rest of the white characters are descendants from the characters in the first film. The added component are the characters of Mako and Tina Chen who immigrate to Hawaii from China and found a small dynasty of their own. Their story and that of Heston and his family entwine over several decades.

One thing I will say about The Hawaiians that is most admirable. The Asian and Pacific Islander characters you see here are portrayed as three dimensional and with dignity. No fortune cookie stereotypes are to be found in The Hawaiians.

I've always been of the opinion that you cannot make a bad film about Hawaii because the scenery is so beautiful. The Hawaiians is no exception and the film did get an Oscar nomination for costume design.

Tina Chen does a remarkable job as the matriarchal head of her family after Mako dies of leprosy on the island of Molokai. In a patriarchal culture that was by no means an easy thing. Her performance is the best acting in The Hawaiians.

The Hawaiians has an Edna Ferber like sweep in its plot and its subject. It's also sticking close to the facts in terms of Hawaiian history, a very worthy film to see.


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