Krakatoa East of Java (1969)




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Volcano is the reissue title of the muddled disaster flick Krakatoa: East of Java. The name change was reportedly put into effect after thousands of filmgoers noted publicly that Krakatoa is west of Java. As might be expected, the story takes place in 1883, when the long-dormant volcano at Krakatoa erupted with A-bomb force. Since everyone knows what's coming, the filmmakers try to stir up suspense with a gratuitous subplot involving ship's-captain Maximilian Schell and his mutinous crew (a similar plot device had been used in a previous dramatization of the Krakatoa incident, 1953's Fair Wind to Java). The climactic special effects are spectacular enough to make the script, and the all-star cast (including Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Rossano Brazzi, and Sal Mineo), seem utterly superfluous.
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Maximilian Schell
as Captain Hanson
Diane Baker
as Laura
Brian Keith
as Connerly
Barbara Werle
as Charley
Sal Mineo
as Leoncavallo
J.D. Cannon
as Danzig
Jacqui Chan
as Toshi
John Leyton
as Douglas Rigby
Rossano Brazzi
as Giovanni Borghese
Marc Lawrence
as Jacobs
Geoffrey Holder
as Bazooki Man
Sumi Hari
as Japanese Diver
Victoria Young
as Japanese Diver
Midorri Arimoto
as Japanese Diver
as Jan
Sumi Haru
as Japanese Diver
Robert Hall
as Guard
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Critic Reviews for Krakatoa East of Java

All Critics (6)

The script by Bernard Gordon and Cliff Gould is a man-made disaster.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Spectacular, colorful, and really nothing to it. And Krakatoa is WEST!

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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August 14, 2005

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May 13, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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August 14, 2003
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Audience Reviews for Krakatoa East of Java

★★ (out of four) A spectacular twenty minute stretch of special effects that are actually pretty darn good for 1969, is the centerpiece of this overlong disaster film that offers little in plot, but, its volcano erupting get the most bang for its buck. Maximillian Schell leads a large cast including Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Sal Mineo, and Rossano Brazzi. The year is 1883 and he is the captain of a ship that is on its way to rescuing women and children on a south Pacific island before the Krakatoa volcano erupts. The silly plots only offer to delay the effects laden volcano and to postpone the climax. Incidently Krakatoa is actually west of Java. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

It's nothing more than an overblown disaster movie (No pun intended). It is probably best known for one of the dumbest title mistakes ever done - Krakatoa is west of Java. There are some good special effects, the story is too hokey though and the performances are wooden and lack spark. Mildly entertaining and too long.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Let's leave aside the small problem of one of Karkatoa which is actually being west of Java,instead of East. Another problem not being fictional here about one of the greatest disasters ever witnessed by man. The epic 1969 adventure saga was basically the last wave of films to be produced in Cinerama 70(that were released during the late 1960's)and also very entertaining of the big budgeted "Panavision" films that exploded during that era. The movie is about treasure hunters who encounter the volcanic island just as it blows apart and who then get bounced around in the ensuing tidal wave that is so technically impressive if narratively lame. The tidalwave sequence alone is worth the price of admission. Here various characters faced certain dangers above on the island and below the depths of the ocean including one horrifying sequence with one of the characters facing a monster squid. An interesting cast of famililar actors(which includes Maximilian Schell,Diane Baker,Brian Keith,Rossano Brazzi and Sal Mineo)portray the mixed group of adventurers,but the script and dialogue are so pathetically weak one just wants to get past the high drama on the high seas and the watch the geological fireworks,since fortunately they make quite a show. Not to mention some bathing beauties too in some great underwater sequences. Basically this movie came out in the summer of 1969 and was released thru Cinerama Pictures and ABC Pictures(yes,the American Broadcasting Companies motion picture division)and distributed by MGM.

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