Blue Hawaii (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blue Hawaii (1961)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Blue Hawaii Videos

Blue Hawaii Photos

Movie Info

In this film, Elvis Presley plays a scion to a Hawaiian pineapple fortune. Presley's snooty mother wants him to take over the management of the family business, but he'd rather make his own way in the world. He lands a job at a tourist agency.
PG (For mild thematic elements.)
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Paramount Pictures

Watch it now


Elvis Presley
as Chad Gates
Joan Blackman
as Maile Duval
Angela Lansbury
as Sarah Lee Gates
Roland Winters
as Fred Gates
Howard McNear
as Mr. Chapman
Nancy Walters
as Abigail Prentice
John Archer
as Jack Kelman
Flora Hayes
as Mrs. Manaka
Gregory Gaye
as Mr. Duval
Steve Brodie
as Mr. Garvey
Iris Adrian
as Mrs. Garvey
Christian Kay
as Beverly
Hilo Hattie
as Waihila
Frank Atienza
as Ito O'Hara
Lani Kai
as Carl
Pamela Kirk
as Selena (Sandy) Emerson
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Blue Hawaii

All Critics (6)

It's the kind of film you would probably only watch if on a long-distance airplane flight.

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

amateurishly slung together and telegraphs all its moves well in advance

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Blue Hawaii


I was almost always true to you. Chad has recently been released from the military and returns home to Hawaii to find a girlfriend who expects him to settle down and live a normal lifestyle and parents who want him to prepare to take over the family business. Unfortunately, Chad wants to pick his own path and rebels against both directions. He may find those that love him have his best interest at heart and he may need to compromise. "How could you kiss that girl?" "It was easy." Norman Taurog, director of Boys Town, GI Blues, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Speedway, The Birds and the Bees, Men of Boys Town, and Mad about Music, delivers Blue Hawaii. The storyline for this picture is fairly cheesy, cliché, and contains mediocre writing and characters. The acting is average and the cast includes Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Roland Winters, and Steve Brodie. "Daddy, are you forgetting yourself?" "I'm trying." I recently came across an Elvis marathon on cable and decided to DVR a few pics. This was very cheesy and did not take itself too seriously. The plot just seemed like an excuse to rollout Elvis and his music. He had charisma, but needed a well written film. I'd skip this unless you are a diehard Elvis fan. "That dog is just plain stupid." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Hawaii (circa 1961) and ol'swivel hips is our personal tour guide. Angela Lansbury plays comic relief as his overmomming Southern mommie and Floyd the barber's in there, too, for comic backup lest attention starts to wander. This is strictly for fans of the Pelvis though. Hawaii looks good too. Rock-A-Hula, baby!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

First off, this movie has it all- Elvis in an army uniform, Elvis with a lei, Elvis kissing every woman, Elvis swinging his hips, Elvis singing Elvis songs, Elvis singing Hawaiian songs, Elvis in a white suit, Elvis with an orange fake tan, Elvis shirtless, Elvis making non stop innuendo, Elvis surfing, Elvis with a dog, Elvis being a good guy, Elvis brawling, Elvis in jail, Elvis on a horse... Unfortunately, what it doesn't have is a plot or any emotion. The music also tapers off into blandness by the end. Way to kill good-actor Elvis, world.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

Blue Hawaii Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Blue Hawaii on our Movie forum!

News & Features