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His Majesty O'Keefe


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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, André Morell, Abraham Sofaer, Archie Savage
  • Directors: Burt Lancaster, Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Borden Chase, Gerald Green, James Hill, Lawrence Klingman
  • Producers: Harold Hecht, Norman Deming
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "His Majesty O'Keefe" on IMDb

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The adventures of an American sea captain stranded on Micronesia in the South Pacific, as he tries to become an entrepreneur.

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Burt Lancaster spends a great deal of His Majesty O'Keefe without a shirt on, which might suggest the appeal of this 1954 South Seas yarn. Between the chest-barings, you can also detect the presence of a political parable about the innocent islanders of Yap and the overbearing colonialists looking to make a killing off them. The prize is coconut meat: rascally Lancaster wants to corner the market before the Germans can get their paws on it. There are grown-up elements to this story, including the somewhat worldly approach to Lancaster's island-based affairs with native women, and perhaps if you peer long enough into it you can see the remnants of the real story of the actual O'Keefe peeking out. But truth be told, this is a fairly pokey affair, enlivened by the splashy color photography and some Micronesian exoticism. You'd better love Lancaster's megawatt grin--and yes, the other stuff on display--because his bounding movie-star energy is the only thing keeping this one afloat. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

Another oldie but a great view.
James McClintock
Plenty of action, nefarious German officals and a bevy of lovely dancing girls, some evil slave traders and some good fist fights to boot.
Ironmike
I Loved this movie when it was released in about 1954(It was a hit).
Barry T. Syme

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rob on January 3, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If you like Burt Lancaster, you gotta love this movie. It's even strangely politically correct for its time. One of the themes boils down to not messing around with indigenous cultures to satisfy the White Man's greed. Meanwhile, if you want to dispense with the anti-exploitation morality, just enjoy the most virile male lead in Hollywood history spreading his testosterone around the Fiji islands. Every Burt Lancaster film has a memorable scene that marks his territory forever in your mind. In this movie its the scene where is challenged by the native chief and fights him for domination of the island. His Majesty O'Keefe is a flawed hero, but a real man, no question. He learns from his mistakes, such as ruining the native economy while trying to do them a favor. It does a satisfying job poking holes in the White Man's Burden myth and is rousing entertainment. This isn't a rampant swashbuckler like Crimson Pirate, but if you like that movie, you'll probably enjoy this one also.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Brodow on November 17, 2007
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This all-but-forgotten fifties swashbuckler produced by the team of Harold Hecht-Burt Lancaster is a thrilling, beautifully photographed epic of the South Seas and the people of Fiji. Lancaster was never better as Captain David Dion O'Keefe, a soldier of fortune obsessed with making a fortune in copra, the oil extracted from cocoanuts. His intentions are deeply affected by a philosophical German trader, the heroic chief of the natives (played by an amazing local character who appears to be a naturally gifted actor/dancer), and the lovely half-caste girl he falls in love with. As if the visuals are not enough, the film is worth seeing for the incredible score by Dmitri Tiomkin, definitely one of his best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bob on October 4, 2007
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This is a true story about an American in the western Pacific who sets himself up as king of the island of Yap in the late 1800's. The book is very interesting and the movie is too although it is a 1950's Hollywood "treatment" of the story. Burt Lancaster is in his prime in this adventure film. He gets to show off his great physique, his acrobatic talents and of course his 1000 watt smile. The movie was actually filmed in Fiji and the scenery is beautiful. It made me smile to see how conservative our culture was in the 1950's: In the book, O'Keefe has nightly trysts with a native girl but in the movie Burt simply looks at her and smiles and then later you see her with one of his gold coins around her neck. Sex used to be much simpler.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ironmike on May 14, 2002
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Lancaster gives a fine performance in this classic account of a soldier of fortune willing to risk his neck for profit, and yet, act with honor and courage.
Terrific support cast, excellent settings and the color is superb.
Plenty of action, nefarious German officals and a bevy of lovely dancing girls, some evil slave traders and some good fist fights to boot.
Well worth the price is you are looking to pump up your tape collection.
Go for it, you won't be disapointed
Mike
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison M. Zappia on February 8, 2008
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This is a fantastic movie, I enjoyed watching it. My father was the Camera Man and my mother was Joan Rice's understudy, so I knew all about the film and have lots of photos of behind the scenes. Some information you might like to know is that both the main charecters couldn't swim and when Burt Lancaster dived off the boat into the water a little row boat was waiting just out of camera shot to pick him up. The native girl he had a fling with (in the movie) was a waitress before this. My parents were married just before they went to Fiji to film the movie, so for them it was their honeymoon, not bad!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ohsnapiam56 on October 12, 2010
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POSSIBLE SPOILER AT THE END OF COMMENT. First of all, I love Burt Lancaster in anything. How can you not love the man for his fine acting, great body and wonderful smile? But I remember this movie from when I was a little girl for 1 thing...Burt Lancaster is giving the eye to a 'native woman' who is really the lovely Tessa Prendergast, a Jamaican woman. As a young 'colored' girl growing up in the 50's that really stood out in my mind. For him to even suggest a relationship with a woman people knew (anyway the black community knew) was not white could have deep-sixed any career. But he did more than suggest...he was openly desirous of her. It raised his esteem in MY household, that's for sure. No disrespect to the commenter who says her parents were involved with the film, but Ms Prendergast was born into a wealthy, high-ranking family. She lived a life of privilege in London. I seriously doubt whether she was a waitress. She was the subject of an earth-wide scandal when "An incident involving Prendergast made headlines all over the world in 1955: An Egyptian King Farouk and an Italian Prince exchanged cold glances and hot words over her attentions in Rome where the curvaceous Prendergast was working on a film. According to reports, the two scions of ancient Mediterranean Royalty clashed when King Farouk attempted to persuade Prendergast to leave the company of an Italian Prince who had been her constant companion in Italy. The Italian Prince called Farouk's unwelcomed rivalry a personal affront and engaged in such a heated verbal clash with him that it was necessary for police to intervene". She was also a fashion designer and it was Ms. Prendergast who designed Ursula Andress' famous bikini in the James Bond film. Sorry, but it bugs me when 1. people don't do research and 2.Read more ›
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