Review: ‘The Hawaiians’

While James A. Michener's monumental novel, Hawaii, contained enough material for half a dozen films, the earlier version in 1966 used up most of the first half. This followup film, devotes most of its time to the growth of Hawaii in the present century and the huge influx of other Orientals, particularly the Chinese and Japanese, into the islands as cheap labor.

While James A. Michener’s monumental novel, Hawaii, contained enough material for half a dozen films, the earlier version in 1966 used up most of the first half. This followup film, devotes most of its time to the growth of Hawaii in the present century and the huge influx of other Orientals, particularly the Chinese and Japanese, into the islands as cheap labor.

Charlton Heston, as the American descendant of early settlers and the only man with the vision and steadfastness to make the Hawaiian Islands one of the garden spots of the world (he’s credited with introducing the pineapple as a commercial crop), is less the larger-than-life hero and more a stereotyped islander.

1970: Nomination: Best Costume Design

The Hawaiians

Production

United Artists/Mirisch. Dir Tom Gries; Producer Walter Mirisch; Screenplay James R. Webb; Camera Phil Lathrop, Lucien Ballard; Editor Ralph Winters, Byron Brandt; Music Henry Mancini Art Dir Cary Odell

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 134 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston Geraldine Chaplin John Phillip Law Tina Chen Alec McCowen Mako
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