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Islands in the Stream

While too introspective a story to be really compelling screen drama, Franklin J. Schaffner's film of Islands in the Stream is at least a proper valedictory to the era epitomized by author Ernest Hemingway. Hawaiian locations provide a superb physical backdrop (simulating The Bahamas, circa 1940) for the production.

While too introspective a story to be really compelling screen drama, Franklin J. Schaffner’s film of Islands in the Stream is at least a proper valedictory to the era epitomized by author Ernest Hemingway. Hawaiian locations provide a superb physical backdrop (simulating The Bahamas, circa 1940) for the production.

George C. Scott’s semi-Hemingway pivotal character lives on a remote island, to which travel his three sons by broken marriages, as the world moves into the globe-shrinking holocaust of World War II.

One can admire and follow the film without ever really getting enthusiastic about it, because of the way in which it has been written, acted and directed. There’s a pervading sensitivity and restrained respect for the moral antiquity which is herein represented.

1977: Nomination: Best Cinematography

Islands in the Stream

  • Production: Paramount. Director Franklin J. Schaffner; Producer Peter Bart, Max Palevsky; Screenplay Denne Bart Petitclerc; Camera Fred Koenekamp; Editor Robert Swink; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director William J. Creber
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 105 MIN.
  • With: George C. Scott David Hemmings Gilbert Roland Susan Tyrrell Richard Evans Claire Bloom
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