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George Roy Hill

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About the Movie

They came to bring God, but instead brought disease and destruction. The Rev. Abner Hale (Von Sydow) and his gentle wife Jerusha (Andrews) attempt to convert early 19th-century Hawaiian natives to Christianity but find themselves ill-equipped to endure the unexpected tribulations of paradise. Surging with the excitement of windstorms, firestorms, shark attacks and magnificent island scenery, Hawaii shines as passionately as the island paradise itself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 22, 2013

Fresh: Hawaii, as it happens, is a normal, lively, fairly intelligent ten-ton mouse. – TIME Magazine, Jul 22, 2013

Fresh: Hill's direction, solid in the intimate dramatic scenes, is as good in crowd shots which rep the major external events. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 22, 2013

Fresh: The conflict between naive dogma and naive innocence is effectively established, but the spectacle is always broader than it is deep. – Time Out, Jul 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Need more history about the truth of the Missionaries

We the native people of Hawaii are not heathens, the missionaries came and said that our way of life was bad and said that we cannot speak, dance, and live as Hawaiians. They also came and took our land away.

I've been waiting for some more good old films...

And I found it. I've seen this movie on TCM and I thought it amazing! Very good story line with lots of enjoyment, just be aware that it is very much set in it's time frame when hawaii had not yet been civilized by americans, when the misionaries get to the island most of the women aren't wearing tops.... so please make sure to gaurd youself. Besides that, this movie is wonderful and great performances from all the cast.

Poor Video Transfer

Loved the movie (always hoped for a sequel), but the video transfer is of poor quality.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1966

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