The Blue Lagoon is an American romantic survival drama film. It was released in 1980. The movie was directed by Randal Kleiser and based on a screenplay written by Douglas Day Stewart. This was based on the 1908 novel called the Blue Lagoon. The story follows two young children marooned on an island in the South Pacific. Without anyone or anything to guide them, they slowly hit puberty and fall in love. The movie was first released on the 20th of June 1980 by Columbia Pictures. It was a very well-received movie. Here are a few things to know about it.
Where to Watch Blue Lagoon (1980)?
The Blue Lagoon is available to stream on Netflix right now. It’s up to you to watch it although it might be a little dry with not a very exciting line. But if you’re into the survival kind of movie and just want to relax with no drama, then sure go ahead.
Paddy Button, and two children, Emmeline and Richard scurry onto a lifeboat as their ship is about to explode. Their mates make it to another lifeboat. The two are separated in the following commotion and the three of them land on a deserted island in the South Pacific. Not long after, Paddy teaches the children to fish, hunt and build things. After about a month on the island, Paddy gets very drunk on a barrel of rum that they found when they arrived and drowns to his death in the middle of the night. The now scared children move themselves around the island and rebuild their homes.
A Long While Later
Years pass and they now have a proper living situation. But with puberty hitting the two, love is in the air and it strains the friendship. Richard was still very determined to get back to San Francisco. He was let down when Emmeline did not light the signal flare to a passing ship. He was so mad that he kicked her out of the house they built together. Emmeline was now to survive alone on the island. She was hurt. Richard soon finds her dying, and he then realizes how he feels for her. He accepts his feelings and somehow manages to save her from what would be probably impending doom. As time goes on they fall in love and learn things they didn’t know before, like when Emmeline has a baby and she doesn’t know why.
The movie casts Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Allan Hopgood and Gus Mercurio.
The Production Crew
Blue Lagoon was produced by Randal Kleiser. Basil Poledouris composed the music and the cinematography was done by Néstor Almendros. The movie was first released by Columbia Pictures. It grossed over $58 million, with a budget of just $4.5 million. The movie became the 9th highest-grossing film of 90 in North America. The film was not exactly a fan favourite. It was panned by critics, who did not approve of the screenplay, execution or Shield’s acting. They however did credit Almendros’ cinematography.