Paradise (1982)

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After their caravan is attacked and their respective families butchered by Arab marauders, teenagers David and Sarah flee across the desert. But the desert is filled with danger from the elements, animals and the appetite of the Jackal.


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8 November 1999 | Smalling-2
At the end of the19. Century, two youngsters - an attractive heiress and a good-looking son of a missionary couple - are the only survivors of a massacre in Baghdad by a bloodthirsty sheik, who wants the girl for himself. Then they cross the desert to reach Damascus, but the sheik is after them.

Has-been, limply acted, dramatically empty and totally unconvincing period piece derived from "Blue Lagoon"; a curiously halting succession of Asian adventure and adolescent sex in breathtaking locations. Only for lovers of antique teenage romance and beautifully photographed pictures of tropical nature.

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Phoebe Cates' film debut. Cates was 17 years of age when she starred in this movie and did the nude scenes. The film was of two movies that Cates starred in 1982, the other was Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Cates not only is one of the film's two leads but was also selected as a performer to sing the movie's theme song, the "Paradise Theme". Cates refused to promote the film due to the depiction of nudity in the movie. According to Willie Aames, Cates was very upset by this.


David: My father told me it was wrong to look upon nakedness.
Sarah: Well, Adam and Eve were naked.
David: They were not, they wore leaves! Big ones.
Sarah: How do you know, were you there?
David: No, but I've seen lots of pictures in churches and they always wore leaves.


David and Sarah continually mispronounce Geoffrey's name as "Joffrey." In fact, it's the British spelling of "Jeffrey," which is how it's pronounced.

Alternate Versions

The "Theme from Paradise," which originally appeared in two scenes, has been replaced with original score cues by the film's composer Paul Hoffert on the 2006 Spanish DVD (issued by Universal) and on current U.S. premium cable airings. The end credits, which originally featured "Paradise" sung by Phoebe Cates, now have an instrumental cue by Hoffert. The first skinny-dipping scene, which featured an instrumental version of "Paradise" now has another Hoffert cue in its place.


Paradise Theme
Sung by
Phoebe Cates
Written and Produced by Joel Diamond and L. Russell Brown
Available on Columbia Records


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Adventure | Romance


Release Date:

7 May 1982



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Box Office


CAD3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,815,503 9 May 1982

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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