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Islands in the Stream (1977)

PG | | Drama | July 1977 (UK)
An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (novel), Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George C. Scott ... Thomas Hudson
David Hemmings ... Eddy
Gilbert Roland ... Captain Ralph
Susan Tyrrell ... Lil
Richard Evans ... Willy
Claire Bloom ... Audrey
Julius Harris ... Joseph
Hart Bochner ... Tom
Brad Savage ... Andrew
Michael-James Wixted Michael-James Wixted ... David
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Helga Ziegner
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Andrea
Walter Friedel Walter Friedel ... Herr Ziegner
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Constable
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Storyline

It's 1940 in the British-controlled Bahamas. While the war rages on in Europe, the islands are only peripherally affected by it, with Captain Ralph and his crew smuggling the occasional refugee escaping the war. Twice divorced American Thomas Mann, a man's type of man who works primarily as an industrial artist, has a small close knit group of friends including: Eddy, who, like Tom, drinks a little too much, and who gets into too many fights of his own making especially when he's had a few too many; Lil, a lady of the evening; and Joseph, who takes care of and captains his boat which is used for fishing among other exploits. Three chapters in this phase of Tom's life are told in chronological order. In "The Boys", Tom is expecting a visit from his three sons, who he has not seen in four years and who are going to spend the summer with him: nineteen year old Tommy from his first marriage to Audrey, and fourteen year old Davey and ten year old Andy from his second marriage to Joan. ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

July 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,596,173

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,596,173
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Billing: George C. Scott (1st), David Hemmings (2nd), Gilbert Roland (3rd) and Claire Bloom (4th). See more »

Goofs

When the boat is slowly cruising up the river in Cuba looking for refugees, a crew member's hand can be seen moving tree branches away from the camera. See more »

Quotes

Andrew: [reading a letter from his father] Dear boys, it was good to get your letters and to hear all is going well.
Thomas Hudson: [voice-over] So much has changed since you were here. The war still seems remote to us on the island but yet closer. There are few more refugees coming through in here now. The Germans are sinking a lot of ships in the stream between here and Florida. Sometimes at night, you can see them burning. Often two or three at the time. There isn't enough Navy, British or American, around to do ...
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Connections

Referenced in Degrassi: The Next Generation: Islands in the Stream (2004) See more »

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Beautiful Music and Location
24 January 1999 | by DarkEyesSee all my reviews

From the opening score and scenes of the water, I was drawn to watch this movie. It was filmed somewhere in the Caribbean and the location was breathtaking. George C. Scott was perfect in the role of Tom Hudson, an Ernest Hemingway-ish character who was a complicated, lonely artist and expatriate who sculpted, drank, and fished his life away. It wasn't until the tragic end that he came to know what he'd been missing.

The music score was haunting and beautiful. I was so impressed with it that I ordered the soundrack.


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