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Hurricane (1979)

The desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and an American painter, against the will of her father. Amid this man-made tension comes a hurricane so devastating, the lives of the lovers and the entire island are imperiled.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

James Norman Hall (novel), Charles Nordhoff (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Capt. Bruckner
Mia Farrow ... Charlotte Bruckner
Max von Sydow ... Dr. Danielsson
Trevor Howard ... Father Malone
Timothy Bottoms ... Jack Sanford
Dayton Ka'ne Dayton Ka'ne ... Matangi
James Keach ... Sgt. Strang
Ariirau Tekurarere Ariirau Tekurarere ... Moana
Alex W. du Prel Alex W. du Prel ... Cpl. Morrah (as Willie Myers)
Nick Rutgers Nick Rutgers ... Cmdr. Blair
Nancy Hall Rutgers Nancy Hall Rutgers ... Mrs. Blair
Manu Tupou ... Samolo
Simplet Tefane Simplet Tefane ... Velaga
Piero Bushin Piero Bushin ... Running Man
Noel Teparii Noel Teparii ... Tano
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The desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and an American painter, against the will of her father. Amid this man-made tension comes a hurricane so devastating, the lives of the lovers and the entire island are imperiled.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There is only one safe place... in each other's arms.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Paradise See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roman Polanski was hired by Dino De Laurentiis to direct this film, but when Polanski fled the country to avoid prosecution on a statutory rape charge, Jan Troell was hired to replace him at the last minute. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 29 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

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Edited into Superman III (1983) See more »

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HURRICANE (Jan Troell, 1979) **
6 May 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

In view of the disaster-movie cycle of the 1970s, somebody got the bright idea of remaking the John Ford classic THE HURRICANE (1937) – lavishing on it a considerable budget, a handful of stars, and the best that special effects wizardry could afford at the time; however, the end result was so dreadful (and old-fashioned) that the film proved a notorious flop!

The setting (adapted from a book by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, best-known for another adventure with an exotic backdrop, "Mutiny On The Bounty") is a South Sea island run by the American Navy; the arrival of the Governor's daughter causes a commotion – the newly-crowned native King forsakes his local girl for the white woman's charms; this obviously creates problems between the two sets of inhabitants, who do not wish to have their blood mingle…but, before the situation can be resolved, the Forces of Nature contrive to mete out their own form of justice (via the titular catastrophe).

Jason Robards Jr. is the Governor, Mia Farrow his daughter, and Dayton Kane the young ruler; besides, Max von Sydow is a doctor, Trevor Howard a priest, Timothy Bottoms a Navy officer (with feelings for Farrow) and James Keach as Kane's hostile keeper (the latter having been convicted of his fiancé's death, who drowned after fleeing a ceremony in which her virginity was to be ascertained!). Despite enviable credentials – producer Dino De Laurentiis, acclaimed Swedish director Troell, cinematographer Sven Nykvist, composer Nino Rota (whose contribution is particularly notable) and production designer Danilo Donati – the film is something of a snoozer, with endless footage devoted to local color and the unconvincing central romance…until the spectacular climax (but which still isn't really enough to redress the balance)!

Having re-acquainted myself with this (I'd already watched it as a kid), I hope someday to get a fresh appraisal of the Oscar-winning original as well; it was available on DVD very early into the format, but hasn't been re-issued since going out-of-print!


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