Diamond Head (1963)

Diamond Head (1963)

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There's trouble in the island paradise of Hawaii when pineapple plantation tycoon Richard Howland (Charlton Heston) objects to his sister's intentions to marry a full-blooded native. Sloan (Yvette Mimieux) incurs her brother's wrath when she pledges her love to Native Hawaiian Paul Kahana (James Darren). Richard fears the racially mixed marriage will stop any chances he has of becoming a senator. When Richard accidently kills Paul, Sloan takes comfort in the arms of Paul's half-brother Dr. Dean Kahana (George Chakiris). The bigoted Richard's idyllic bubble is burst once again when his Chinese mistress becomes pregnant in this drama of social injustice and intolerance
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Cast

Charlton Heston
as Richard 'King' Howland
Elizabeth Allen
as Laura Beckett
George Chakiris
as Dr. Dean Kahana
James Darren
as Paul Kahana
Yvette Mimieux
as Sloane Howland
Aline MacMahon
as Kapiolani Kahana
France Nuyen
as Mei Chen
Harold Fong
as Coyama
Philip Ahn
as Emekona
Elizabeth Allen (I)
as Laura Beckett
Vaughan Taylor
as Judge James Blanding
Edward Mallory
as Robert Parsons
Marc Marno
as Bobbie Chen
Frank Morriss
as Felipe
Yankee Chang
as Newspaperman
Kam Fong Chun
as Loe Kim Lee
Jack Matsumoto
as Photographer
Leo Ezell
as Pianist
Alan Lebuse
as Heckler
R. Ramos
as Nurse
Seagai Faumunina
as Blue Goose
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Good old fashioned trash wallow with beautiful location shooting and some ridiculous casting choices. Moondoggie as an Hawaiian? Really? Still fun in a lush soap operaish way.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Charlton Heston plays a pineapple land baron in this movie who owns one of the smaller Islands of Hawaii and nothing happens without his approval including his sister marring a local raised Hawaiian which is strictly taboo and unheard off. Modern day reviewers try to make this all about racism White vs Hawaiian and nothing could be further from the truth. Charlton Heston little sister ends up getting killed by the hands of Heston but strictly an accident. If you were ever in Hawaii and lived there you know the only racism is the native Hawaiians' don't accept the whites from mainland USA. But still in my book this film is 5 stars 10-2-12

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I don't know why I have never seen or really even heard of this movie before. It was very good...brought emotions to the surface as I was watching this story about racism, pride and arrogance. Heston as the bigoted rich land-owner in Hawaii was perfect in the part....Yvette Mimieux perfect as well, as his sexy sister who is in love with Hawaiian born, super handsome James Darren, this is where the trouble begins. It was also good to see George Chakiris from West Side Story fame cast as Darrens brother. This was a good although sad and tragic story...liked it better than I thought :)

Robin P.
Robin P.

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