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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.

Cast & Crew

Julie Andrews
Jerusha Bromley
Max von Sydow
Rev. Abner Hale
Richard Harris
Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
Torin Thatcher
Rev. Dr. Thorn
Gene Hackman
Dr. John Whipple
Carroll O'Connor
Charles Bromley
Jocelyne LaGarde
Malama Kanakoa
John Cullum
Rev. Immanuel Quigley
George Rose
Capt. Janders
Dalton Trumbo
Screenwriter
Daniel Taradash
Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Russell Harlan
Cinematographer
Patricia Mock
Casting
Cary Odell
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Critic Reviews for Hawaii

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

  • Hawaii, as it happens, is a normal, lively, fairly intelligent ten-ton mouse.

    July 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Hill's direction, solid in the intimate dramatic scenes, is as good in crowd shots which rep the major external events.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The conflict between nave dogma and nave innocence is effectively established, but the spectacle is always broader than it is deep.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Although the film tells the sadly ironic story of the extinction of one culture upon invasion by another, one comes out of the theater not so much moved as numbed.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film features a towering performance by Max von Sydow ... although it's Jocelyne LaGarde who nabbed the most praise for her delightful turn.

    February 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It cost more than $15 million, and every penny is on the screen.

    July 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hawaii

  • 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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