Savage Islands


Period and swashbuckler films

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More in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrills and spills than Fairbanks swash and buckle, the story is told in flashback with good old-fashioned cut-and-thrust. In the South Pacific islands in the 1880s, Captain Bully Hayes (Jones) saves maidens in distress, performs impossible feats of agility, does battle with a German count (Tilly) intent on nasty military annexations with the aid of an ironclad warship, in a plot that is as credible as Hitler's diaries. Which makes not a lot of difference, for the film is to be enjoyed on a tongue-in-cheek level: lots of stunts and not too much mushy lovey-dovey stuff. Originality never raises its head, but it'll keep the kids from clammering for a glimpse of those video nasties.


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99 mins

Cast and crew


Ferdinand Fairfax


Grant Tilly, Jenny Seagrove, Max Phipps, Michael O'Keefe, Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Rowley


Trevor Jones

Production Designer:

Maurice Cain


John Shirley


Tony Imi


David Odell, John Hughes


Rob Whitehouse, Lloyd Phillips

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R J Warren

Tommy Lee Jones is always great, I would like to see Philips and Whitehouse tackle the story of Barbara Crawford Thompson, a thirteen year old girl cast away with headhunters in the Torres Strait for five years in the 1840's [Google Wildflower The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story] she really did live on Savage Islands. The Ray Mears Goes Walkabout Show on BBC Television is running a short documentary on her story at the moment. Fairfax could probably do a very good job with this one too.