Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)




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Based on the true story of a priest who risked his life in order to help people no one else would touch (a wager he would eventually lose), Father Damien stars David Wenham as the titular Belgian saint. In 1872, Damien, a young Catholic priest serving as a missionary near Hawaii, volunteers to spend three months working in a colony for victims of leprosy on the island of Molokai. When he arrives, he discovers the lepers have been herded to a barely inhabitable part of the island where they're … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, some violence, brief sensuality and mild language)
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
Unapix Entertainment



as Father Damien

as Princess Liliukalani

as Clayton Strawn

as Dr. William Saxe

as Father Leonor Fousne...

as Mother Marianne

as Rudolph Meyer

as Bishop Maigret

as Prime Minister Gibso...

as Williamson

as Prof. Stottard

as Father Conrardy

as Brother Dutton

as Dr. Kalewis
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Critic Reviews for Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The edifying, at times wrenching story of the 19th-century 'Apostle to the Lepers'… an inspiring, challenging depiction of Christian service and charity.

Full Review… | November 3, 2003
Decent Films Guide

"Molokai is a stirring and humbling film that you will never forget."

Full Review… | June 15, 2002
Urban Cinefile

I am glad I saw it, even if I was not entertained.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

Deeply disturbing, depressing and yet full of beauty and redemption.

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

Stunning cinema and a story that deserves to be captured on film. Truly memorable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A truly inspirational Catholic film, but it falls short of greatness due to inconsistent pacing and forced Catholic messages.

A Lai

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