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Savage Islands (1983)

Nate and Hayes (original title)
A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director:

Ferdinand Fairfax

Writers:

Lloyd Phillips (story), John Hughes (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Captain Bully Hayes
Michael O'Keefe ... Nathaniel Williamson
Max Phipps ... Ben Pease
Jenny Seagrove ... Sophie
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Count Von Rittenberg
Peter Rowley Peter Rowley ... Louis Beck
William Johnson William Johnson ... Reverend Williamson (as Bill Johnson)
Kate Harcourt ... Mrs. Williamson
Reg Ruka Reg Ruka ... Moaka
Roy Billing ... Auctioneer
Bruce Allpress ... Mr. Blake
David Letch ... Ratbag
Prince Tui Teka Prince Tui Teka ... King of Ponape
Pudji Waseso Pudji Waseso ... Fong
Peter Vere-Jones ... Gunboat Captain
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Storyline

It's the late nineteenth century in the South Pacific. Bully Hayes considers himself a pirate with morals and standards, and while he has never flown the skull and crossbones, he has dealt in illegal trade, albeit never having swindled or killed anyone who didn't deserve it. It is after one of those trading missions with a native tribe gone wrong that he is arrested "by an old friend" under Spanish law for attempting to sell arms to the enemy, a crime punishable by hanging. Awaiting his fate in a dank prison cell, he tells his lawyer how he came to this situation. What Bully specifically tells him is the last escapades aboard his former beloved ship, the Rona, the long voyage transporting New Englander Nathaniel Williamson and his British fiancée Sophie to their South Pacific mission where they were to be married before bringing the word of God to the natives. Earnest Nathaniel disliked him from the beginning due to the harmless or not so harmless flirtation between him and Sophie. ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Partners in Piracy. Rivals in Romance. Allies in Adventure. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Islands See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$815,160, 20 November 1983

Gross USA:

$1,963,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,963,756
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The term "blackbirders", used in the movie, is a nineteenth century alternate expression for a form of slave-trading, where people were recruited for laboring through trickery and kidnapping, the practice was common in the South Seas, where this movie was set, and filmed. See more »

Goofs

Durring the final assault on Hayes and crew his sidekick "Mr. Blake" is shot rather graphically suggesting that he has been killed, Yet we saw him alive and well during the opening part of the wraparound narrative story set after these events. See more »

Quotes

Count Von Rittenberg: We intend to sign and honor a treaty.
Ben Pease: King Oatopi of Ponape never signed a treaty with nobody. He's an evil bastard. Practices incest on his own offspring, eats human flesh, sacrifices his enemies. You ever show your pink, little behind around there, he'll have you screwed, tattooed and served up with an apple in your mouth.
Count Von Rittenberg: Mr Pease, I have the whole of the German Empire at my support.
Ben Pease: He'll eat them too.
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Likable Adventure That Happily Pushes No Envelopes
4 December 2006 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I saw Nate and Hayes back in the day, in the darkness of the theater. It was fun, but the memory of Raiders of the Lost Ark (which was certainly responsible for this film's existence) was too fresh, and this minor film suffered in comparison. Though Nate and Hayes was competently made, and had it's charms, it was obviously a TV movie that somehow made it up to the big screen. I think that if they'd had a bit more money to spend, the filmmakers could have created a film just as good as Disney's recent pirate adventures. With more varied camera-work, a few more creative action bits, better costumes, and richer cinematography, the same screenplay could have been made into a smash hit classic. In fact, most of the big hits of the past 3 decades have basically just been slick and shiny remakes of little films like this one. And Tommy Lee Jones makes a fantastic Pirate, Texas accent and all!


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