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24 Ratings


Directed by George Roy Hill
United States, 1966


Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

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Hawaii Directed by George Roy Hill

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1967 | 7 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1967 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actress

1967 | Nominee: Best Actor - Drama

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1967 | 2nd place: Best Actor

Critics reviews

Even if I was bored by some of the obligatory action sequences, I was surprised at how edgy it was for a generic Hollywood blockbuster in charting the annihilation of Hawaiian native culture (including its peaceful spirituality as well as its incest) brought by Christianity and capitalism during the 19th century, and by making an intolerant and often repulsive Calvinist missionary (Max von Sydow) its central figure.
March 21, 2016
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