The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003)




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When a small boy is mythically delivered to a remote Polynesian island and named Tama, he's received with equal amounts of joy and fear -- the former from the island tribe's chief, the latter from the chief's wife, who notes that the new boy is taking favored status away from their own, biological son. Thus, Tama is ostracized and cast away from his beloved adoptive island, but makes it his goal in life to return to reclaim his true childhood love, Mahana. The Legend of Johnny Lingo was brought to the screen in part by producer John Garbett.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Kids & Family
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George Henare
as Johnny Lingo
Alvin Fitisemanu
as Chief Steward
Fokikovi Soakimi
as Young Mahana
Sima Urale
as Hoku
Pete Smith
as Scary Island Chief
Joe Falou
as Tama
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Johnny Lingo

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

If the narrative is unsteady, the acting is even shakier.

October 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

This exotic little New Zealand film about an outcast island boy is full of surprises that will make even the grumpiest viewer crack a smile.

August 28, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The movie's G rating, and its message that even the roughest of edges can be smoothed away to reveal a wonderful person, make for ideal family entertainment, as long as you can get past the corniness.

Full Review… | August 28, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Earnest but amateurish tween fairy tale set in South Seas.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

...there's not much here to keep older viewers engaged.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

The whole affair comes off as an after-school special filmed in the rainforest.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Johnny Lingo


Yes it has a good message, and it is a great show for famlies and kids but for an adult this movie was so corny that it was hard to get into. The acting was quite stale and that really hurt the movies overall effect as well. The older version is much better but even that one isn't very good.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

That I love the beach is obvious! I can't get enough of seaside locations, but this movie also has a really nice story.

Kathy Perry
Kathy Perry

The six-cow wife story is quite interesting. I think it's good to know that a girl, or any person should see their own individual worth and not let another be demeaning over them.

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