His Majesty O'Keefe
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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
However, from a historical context, it is very weakly based on a real person who grew very rich using a ship to bring the limestone rocks from the "rock islands" near Palau to Yap and traded them for Copra. He also supplied tools better for carving the rocks. This great influx of these stones actually caused inflation(11,000 of these large stone "coins" exist on Yap) and, to preserve the cultural importance of these stones, all future import of these stones was forbidden early in the 20th century
Final conclusion: This is an enjoyable movie, but anyone who thinks it(or anything else produced by Hollywood) is an accurate depiction of historic events is a fool
Directed by Byron Haskin
In 1870, Yankee sea captain O'Keefe finds himself stranded after a mutiny on the Micronesian island of Yap, where the financial potential of copra (dried coconut) excites him. But a German company already has a monopoly...and very low production because hard work is alien to dwellers in paradise. On a later voyage, between affairs with island maidens, O'Keefe struggles to find the key to the wealth of Yap. But before he can carve out the empire of his dreams, he must also contend with assorted villains.
Lancaster playing a larger than life role and the splendid location cinematography of Fiji make His Majesty O'Keefe fine viewing and it holds up well today.
This film is not Lancaster's best but is enjoyable if you enjoy watching him in his athletic prime. Beautifully shot, it captures the exciting times of adventure on the high seas and island exploration. A must for Burt Lancaster's many fans.
Colorful score by composer Dimitri Tiomkin.
1. Byron Haskin [aka: Byron Conrad Haskin] (Director)
Date of Birth: 22 April 1899 - Portland, Oregon
Date of Death: 16 April 1984 - Montecito, California
2. Burt Lancaster [aka: Burton Stephen Lancaster]
Date of Birth: 2 November 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 20 October 1994 - Century City, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 92 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (October 23, 2007)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was okay but the reason we wanted to own it is because my husband's grandfather actually sailed with Captain O'Keefe . Read morePublished 14 months ago by Diane C Smith
Given as a gift for someone that likes Abraham Sofaer, this is a great movie actually shot in the South Sea Islands. Tons of action, wonderful costumes and a great story line. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steven
A classic Lancaster film not as good as Vera Cruz but a enjoyable action film.Published 19 months ago by History Buff
Another oldie but a great view. Hollywood should start looking at some of the older movies. Good acting, great scrip, and the location is where I would like to spend my next... Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by James McClintock
Storyline thought to represent modern day Billionaire lifeline. There was some parallels that were obvious. Compare to book "King Larry. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by DL Trent MD
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