Molokai (1999)

PG   |    |  Biography, Drama

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The true story of the nineteenth century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.




  • Kate Ceberano and David Wenham in Molokai (1999)
  • Molokai (1999)
  • Kate Ceberano and David Wenham in Molokai (1999)
  • Sam Neill, Peter O'Toole, Kris Kristofferson, and David Wenham in Molokai (1999)
  • Sam Neill, Kris Kristofferson, Leo McKern, and David Wenham in Molokai (1999)
  • Sam Neill, Peter O'Toole, Kris Kristofferson, and David Wenham in Molokai (1999)

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20 June 2001 | David-HMB
An intimate, fascinating study, but strangely structured
This is a surprisingly intimate look at some of Father Damien's experiences, but the dramatic structure of the film is often frustratingly fragmented.

Scenes of the authorities on O'ahu struggling with how to deal with the amazing man and his demands on behalf of his community seem to have been shot very hastily, and they fit poorly with the more carefully conceived segments from Moloka'i. Even there, the scenes with Peter O'Toole seem poorly integrated into the progression of the story.

Despite the participation of many top-flight actors and actual local victims of Hansen's disease, this film offers only fleeting, tantalizing glimpses of what could have been a tremendously powerful drama of the life of a man who may yet become an actual saint. In isolation, the leading performances are very fine, but the package failed to gel and the film is, finally, only a carefully-drawn series of vignettes.

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Release Date:

17 March 1999


English, Latin, Hawaiian, French

Country of Origin

Belgium, Netherlands, Australia

Filming Locations

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Box Office


EUR7,436,800 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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