My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Hawaii (1966)


(out of 5)

This adaptation of one part of James Michener’s mammoth novel(s) is interesting from time to time but, for the most part, is a bore.  plays a fundamentalist missionary who takes a wife () and moves with her to the island of Hawaii to preach the gospel to the “heathen” natives there. He is completely oblivious to the negative side of his objectives, but Andrews is his intellectual superior and understands that their work is destroying a marvelous culture and bringing much more than just God to these people’s lives.   , a Tahitian native with no previous acting experience, gives a wonderful performance as Hawaii’s queen, a woman whose new love for the Christian God forces her to leave behind her loving relationship with her brother, which until now seemed a natural thing to her.   co-stars as the non-religious, brawling sea captain who comes to the island to enjoy the generosity of the native women and ends up butting moral heads with von Sydow. Beautiful photography will definitely attract viewers, but beware the excessive running time and complete lack of narrative force. The main reason to enjoy it is Andrews’ brilliant and brave performance; the film seems to relax every time she’s on screen to do all the hard work, and the audience is all the better for having gotten to know her wise character. Also see if you can spot a very young  appearing briefly as a background passenger.

Pan Arts, The Mirisch Corporation

USA, 1966

Directed by George Roy Hill

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1966

Golden Globe Awards 1966

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