Hawaii

1966, Drama, 3h 1m

9 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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During the 1820s, a domineering young minister, Abner Hale (Max von Sydow), and his compassionate wife, Jerusha (Julie Andrews), embark on a dangerous sea voyage to Hawaii. When they arrive, Jerusha befriends the Hawaiian people and embraces their customs and culture, while Abner, intent on converting them to Christianity, views them as pagan savages. Jerusha grows unhappy with her marriage and begins to fall for Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris), a past lover.

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  • Mar 20, 2019
    Apparently, a historical work presented through an entertainment format, this is not exactly to everyone's taste, concerning a young couple (Max von Sydow & Julie Andrews, both excellent) sent to indoctrinate the native islanders to the joys of Christ. Or so it would seem. Actually they are the unknowing vanguard of out and out colonization. Shown with an even hand and avoiding moralizing, it is an exceptional dramatization and, to my mind, not to be missed. If it is disturbing, then it has performed a mighty function. My favorite of director George Roy Hill.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2010
    Turgid, overlong epic has beautiful location scenery and a story with possibilities- organized religion's arrogant assumption that what it believes is right even if it destroys a civilization is right. While it conveys that in many ways something is ultimely missing from the overall film that keeps it from being involving keeping the viewer at a distance. Von Sydow is a fine actor but his Reverend Hale is such a pompous, small minded autocrat that spending over 2 1/2 hours with him is a trial. Julie Andrews is wasted although she does have one good scene near the end.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    Interesting to see the effects of over zealous Christians.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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