Hawaii
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Hawaii hadn't even begun filming when director Fred Zinnemann was replaced by George Roy Hill; similarly, the role intended for Charlton Heston ended up being played by Richard Harris (though Heston would eventually star in the 1970 sequel, The Hawaiians). Based on James A. Michener's best-selling novel, the time frame of which was spread out over several centuries, the film concentrates only on the years 1820 to 1841. Still, Michener's basic point, that the virginal sanctity of the Hawaiian islands was forever shattered by the incursion of the white man, remains intact. Max Von… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hawaii, as it happens, is a normal, lively, fairly intelligent ten-ton mouse."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Although the film tells the sadly ironic story of the extinction of one culture upon invasion by another, one comes out of the theater not so much moved as numbed."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Hill's direction, solid in the intimate dramatic scenes, is as good in crowd shots which rep the major external events."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It cost more than $15 million, and every penny is on the screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The conflict between na´ve dogma and na´ve innocence is effectively established, but the spectacle is always broader than it is deep."
‑ , Time Out
"[Hill] fights a losing battle to keep the sprawling story in check but, aided by his cast, imbues the piece with the stormy passion that this mammoth production requires."
‑ , Film4
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