The Blue Lagoon
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The lush beauty and splendor of a South Pacific paradise is vividly captured in this version of Henry DeVere Stacpoole's 1903 novel. Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. They learn to cope with the bewildering variety of physical changes that come with adolescence. And as they begin to mature, their childhood affections lead to a sensitive and more profound love and the birth of a child. But will they ever see civilization again?
- An original making-of featurette
- Brooke Shields' photo album from the film's shooting
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Worth a look alone for the beautiful scenes of the island (Fiji), the animals, and the glossy magazine-cover bodies of the two young leads. Has there ever been a more stunning teen than Brooke Shields? Doubtful this movie would get made today as the country seems to have moved back to the Victorian era in regards to sexuality.
Chris and Brooke do a marvelous acting job in this. It was so believeable that I just know they are really living their parts. They are innocence at it's best and the nude shots are so well done that you don't feel creepy or weird while watching them do whatever life brings them. It was all so well done that it was all so sweet as it could be. Again, not much creepiness anywhere in this film except for the headhunter scenes which I could have done without. I read about Robinson Cruso and so it took me back to those awful parts in that book. But, that was soon forgotten when a sunset appeared or a shot under the ocean took my mind off the gruesomeness of life. There is darkness in life but this movie lets one take a trip to a Pacific Islands and leave all worries behind for a while and just dream about being there. I watch it for that reason. It takes me away from the mundanness of my day and I am swept away. I love it!
Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. They learn to cope with the bewildering variety of physical changes that come with adolescence and as they begin to mature, their childhood affections lead to a sensitive and more profound love and the birth of a child as the years pass as Richard & Emmeline both grow into tall, strong, and beautiful teenagers blossoming into Manhood & Womanhood while surviving on a remote paradise living in a hut & spend their days together skinny-dipping, fishing, swimming, and diving for pearls and begin to fall in love with each other, but is emotionally stressful for them, due to their lack of education on human sexuality & intimacy are able to express their physical attraction for one another.
The truth of the matter is this flick was shot in Jamaica & on a privately-owned island in Fiji called Nanuya Levu, whilst the blue lagoon scenes were filmed in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu and this DVD bonus feature, Brooke Shields states that a lot of her nude scenes were done by older body-doubles, especially since Brooke was only 14 years old when she did this movie, but Brooke also explains to us that she did plenty of her topless scenes with her hair glued to her ta-tas.
This drama flick that was theatrically released in the Summer of 1980 also takes me all the way back to memory lane to when I saw THE BLUE LAGOON on HBO for the very first time back in November of 1981 which was a year later from its theatrical release along with the fact that I was living in the Imperial Valley and was 8 years old in the 2nd grade at Rockwood Elementary School in Calexico, CA and living in my hometown(El Centro, CA)at the time.