|Islands in the Stream, Good DVD, Michael-James Wixted, Brad Savage, Julius Harri|
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Capturing the passion of hemingways book in vivid color, the drirectors amd producers did their home work when seeking out locations, actors and detailed nuances that made up Hemingways Bimini paradise in his story about art, isolation, love, war and loss. Highly recommended for the hemingway enthusiast!
This 1977 movie is a Man Flick and will bring you to tears if you are a man with a son.
Tom Hudson (George C. Scott) has escaped to the Bahamas during WWII. He has had two wives: Audrey (Claire Bloom) is the mother of his oldest son Tommy (Hart Bochner). Joan, whom we never see, is the mother of the two youngest sons--Davy (Michael James Wixted) and Andy (James Savage). Additionally, Tom has a best friend, Eddy (David Hemmings), who is an alcoholic, but comes to his assistance several times during the story
In this combination of 3 Ernest Hemingway's stories, we see in the first chapter the visit of the three sons. Tom dreads their arrival but once there finds that he loves them all dearly. He learns through a series of dangers what it is like to protect those precious young men, including an attack of a shark and the attempt to catch a huge swordfish. Tom performs great in his new role and is very sensitive to all of the boys--especially Davy, who resents Tom at first but becomes so close to him in the battle for the fish. Tommy is dear too, and it is his mother that Tom loves. In fact he tries to explain to Tommy why they are divorced but can't quite put it into words.
All of this is told in the story in a manly, succinct way.
In the second novella, Audrey visits the island. She has news for Tom in that she is marrying a general. She is spiteful and critical, and we learn why. Tom cheated on Audrey with Joan, and that is the reason for the divorce. But Audrey still loves Tom. But she has other news too.
In the third novella, the least satisfying, Tom gets involved into transporting 4 Jewish refugees into Cuba. While on the exhibition, he has a dream where all his worlds combine happily. And then the movie ends.
This movie is a great male bonding movie. And I have to compare it to "Sideways," which was much more of a comedy but still a male bonding movie. This movie is much more serious.
Gorgeously photographed in the Bahamas, we oo and ah over the scenery and the scenes especially in the ocean and on the beach. It is a great ride and a keen insight into a man's role in raising boys to men.
Excellent version of a Hemingway novel. George C. Scott does a superb job portraying the main character, a Hemingwayesque individual. I love the scenery of the Caribbean isloand. I myself live on a Caribbean island and enjoy the scenes of an island before the invasion of tourism and gross development.
No doubt this is one of George C. Scott's finest roles in the classic Ernest Hemmingway novel of the same name. The movie was somewhat loose in following the novel, but the father/son interchange was exactly what I would expect from Ernest Hemmingway. This great movie was a "chick-flick" for every man who has experienced a moment that defines his relationship with his son. Definitely one of my top five movies of all time.
GEORGE C. SCOTT WAS AND ALWYS WILL BE THE GREATEST HEMINGWAY ACTOR'S ACTOTR'S ACTOR!!HAVE A NICE DAY!!!