Max von Sydow stars as Abner Hale, a domineering minister who settles in Hawaii with his wife Jerusha (Julie Andrews) as a missionary. Abner expects the islanders to adjust themselves to him, while Jerusha goes out of her way to understand and appreciate her new neighbours and their culture.
Tiring of her husband’s overbearing attitudes, she seeks comfort in the arms of her former lover, whaler Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris). Despite the idyllic surroundings, the clash of cultures eventually proves too great for either side…
From George Roy Hill, director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Slaughterhouse Five and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hawaii also stars Gene Hackman, Carroll O’Connor and Michael Constantine. Look out for a break through appearance from Bette Midler as a seasick member of the congregation!
“Superior production, acting and direction give depth and credibility to a personal tragedy, set against the clash of two civilisations.” – Variety