Catalog: South Pacific Films

THE SOUTH PACIFIC IN FILM

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F I L M S   1928 - 1953

Sadie Thompson (1928)Sadie Thompson (1928)
The original silent movie version of Somerset Maugham's famous tale of the hooker and the repressed missionary.

Tabu (1931)Tabu (1931)
This silent movie classic deals with two lovers who escape to a tiny island on Bora Bora's barrier reef.

Bird of Paradise (1932)Bird of Paradise (1932)
Dolores del Rio and Joel McCrea act out the eternal tale of the Western sailor smitten by a Polynesian girl.

Rain (1932)Rain (1932)
Director Lewis Milestone cast Joan Crawford as Sadie Thompson in this remake of the Maugham story Rain.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The famous mutiny is portrayed as a simplistic struggle between good and evil in this Oscar winning film.

The Hurricane (1937)The Hurricane (1937)
This black and white movie remains an audiovisual feast, and the climactic storm is not to be forgotten.

The Moon and Sixpence (1942)The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
Based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham about the life of painter Paul Gauguin in Tahiti.

Guadalcanal Diary (1943)Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
This wartime propaganda film starring William Bendix and Anthony Quinn brings the battles in the Solomons to life.

Return to Paradise (1953)Return to Paradise (1953)
This Gary Cooper movie was entirely filmed on the Samoan island of Upolu.

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F I L M S   1954 - 1991

His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)
Filmed in Suva, Fiji, Burt Lancaster portrays a trader on the Micronesian island of Yap.

South Pacific (1958)South Pacific (1958)
The story of a wartime US navy nurse in love with a middle-aged French planter, based on a James A Michener novel.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
An extravagant MGM production starring Trevor Howard as Captain Bligh and Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian.

Donovan's Reef (1963)Donovan's Reef (1963)
John Wayne and Lee Marvin play war veterans living on a South Pacific island.

Hurricane (1979)Hurricane (1979)
The Dino de Laurentiis version of Nordhoff and Hall's story was filmed on Bora Bora starring Mia Farrow.

The Blue Lagoon (1980)The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Fiji's Yasawa Islands served as the setting for this romantic tale of a pair of child castaways.

Nate and Hayes (1983)Nate and Hayes (1983)
The tale of blackbirder (labor recruiter) Bully Hayes, filmed at Pacific Harbor, Fiji.

The Bounty (1984)The Bounty (1984)
This Bounty film comes closer to reality than the other two Bounty movies and the views of Moorea are stunning.

Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
The 1991 Blue Lagoon sequel made on Taveuni was about the two-year-old son from the 1980 film.

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F I L M S   from 1994

Love Affair (1994)Love Affair (1994)
This film was shot partly on Moorea and partly aboard the famous passenger-carrying freighter Aranui.

Rapa Nui (1994)Rapa Nui (1994)
Kevin Costner's production about the conflict between the "long ears" and the "short ears" on Easter Island.

The Thin Red Line (1999)The Thin Red Line (1999)
A reexamination of the Battle of Guadalcanal produced half a century later.

Cast Away (2000)Cast Away (2000)
Filmed on Monuriki Island in the Mamanucas, Castaway conveys well the savage beauty of Fiji's westernmost islands.

The Other Side of Heaven (2002)The Other Side of Heaven (2002)
The true story of a young Mormon missionary sent to the remote Tongan island of Niuatoputapu in the 1950s.

The Stonecutter (2003)The Stonecutter (2003)
A beautiful legend filmed on Moorea and Tetiaroa with a mostly Polynesian cast.

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
This fanciful adventure flick set on Borneo was actually filmed at Pacific Harbor, Fiji.

Samoan Wedding (2007)Samoan Wedding (2007)
Four Samoan guys in Auckland have one month to find a fiance to bring to Sione’s wedding.

Couples Retreat (2009)Couples Retreat (2009)
Four couples try to work out marital problems at the St. Regis Resort on Bora Bora.

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T R A V E L O G U E S

Coral Reef Adventure (2003)Coral Reef Adventure (2003)
The two-disc DVD version of a MacGillivray Freeman IMAX production filmed in Fiji by Howard Hall.

Tahiti and Samoa (2004)Globe Trekker - Tahiti & Samoa (2004)
Follow Ian Wright on an adventure tour to all of the most famous sites.

Moorea Tiki Village TheatreMoorea Tiki Village Theatre (2005)
French Polynesia's most exciting Polynesian dance show, filmed live on Moorea.

Alternate Routes Cook Island (2006)Alternate Routes Cook Islands (2006)
A new direction in youth adventure.

Cruising The South Pacific (2006)Cruising The South Pacific (2006)
Reveals some of the secrets of sailing around the Polynesian islands.

Exploring MicronesiaExploring Micronesia (2006)
Island hopping across the Pacific with a scuba diver.

Flying Sails and the King of Tonga (2006)Flying Sails and the King of Tonga (2006)
About a project to adapt traditional Tongan sailing techniques to modern life.

Blue Water Destinations (2007)Blue Water Destinations (2007)
The Marquesas Islands to the Tuamotu coral atolls with Bennett Media.

Nude In French Polynesia (2007)Nude In French Polynesia (2007)
An offbeat Nude Traveler cruise ship tour of the islands in the buff!.

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T R A V E L O G U E S

Dive Travel FijiDive Travel Fiji (2008)
The tropical South Pacific islands in the film adventure series.

Globe Trekker: Micronesia & Pacific Islands (2009)Globe Trekker: Micronesia & Pacific Islands (2009)
Presenters Megan McCormick and Ian Wright go on a fast moving tour of the islands.

Mysteries Easter Island (2009)Mysteries Easter Island (2009)
Explains where these people came from and the meaning of their monuments.

Passport to Adventure: Guam, where East meets West (2009)Passport to Adventure: Guam, where East meets West (2009)
Julie Conover and Mark Jennings introduce you to the island where east meets west.

Wild PacificWild Pacific (2009)
A sweeping tour of the Pacific from BBC World.

Easter Island Underworld (2010)Easter Island Underworld (2010)
Join a National Geographic expedition as they explore the island's caves.