Hawaii (1966)





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Movie Info

Hawaii hadn't even begun filming when director Fred Zinnemann was replaced by George Roy Hill; similarly, the role intended for Charlton Heston ended up being played by Richard Harris (though Heston would eventually star in the 1970 sequel, The Hawaiians). Based on James A. Michener's best-selling novel, the time frame of which was spread out over several centuries, the film concentrates only on the years 1820 to 1841. Still, Michener's basic point, that the virginal sanctity of the Hawaiian … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
United Artists


as Jerusha Hale

as Abner Hale

as Rafer Hoxworth

as Rev. Dr. Thorn

as Charles Bromley

as Abigail Bromley

as Charity Bromley

as Mercy Bromley

as John Whipple

as Rev. Immanuel Quigle...

as Rev. Abraham Hewlett

as Queen Malama

as Queen Malama

as Keoki

as Gideon Hale

as Hepzibah Hale

as Capt. Janders

as Collins

as Micah (age 4)

as Micah (age 7)

as Micah (age 12)

as Micah (age 18)

as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Hawaii

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Hill's direction, solid in the intimate dramatic scenes, is as good in crowd shots which rep the major external events.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The conflict between na´ve dogma and na´ve innocence is effectively established, but the spectacle is always broader than it is deep.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It cost more than $15 million, and every penny is on the screen.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Hill] fights a losing battle to keep the sprawling story in check but, aided by his cast, imbues the piece with the stormy passion that this mammoth production requires.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Hawaii


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 nixon

Super Reviewer


Interesting to see the effects of over zealous Christians.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

I like Julie Andrews, but I did NOT like this movie. It's too long and von Sydow actually scared me with his religious fanaticism.

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