Approved | | Drama
An American missionary and his wife travel 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.
The fictional character of Malama in James A. Michener's book and subsequently in this movie, was based on Queen Ka'ahumanu, the actual ruler of Maui at the time of the missionaries' arrival in the islands. It was she who welcomed the missionaries onto the island, passed the laws against the sailors and who converted to Christianity shortly before her death, just as Malama does in the film. Malama was expertly portrayed in the film by Tahitian Jocelyn LaGarde, who had never acted but physically resembled the actual Queen Ka'ahumanu in every way except one: Queen Ka'ahumanu was reportedly very heavily tattooed.
Too much law make people mad.
During the initial journey from New England to Hawaii there is a heavy rainstorm but the skies are bright blue - no rain clouds.
Original version ran 189 minutes; subsequently cut to 171 minutes. The general release version ran 151 minutes. Full-length version available on home video.