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Molokai: The True Story Of Father Damien [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Peter O'Toole, Kris Kristofferson, Leo McKern, Derek Jacobi
  • Directors: Paul Cox
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Prism Leisure
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000667LQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Starring: Peter O'toole - Sam Neill - David Wenham - Kris Kristofferson - Sir Derek Jacobi - Leo McKern

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Molokai is perhaps the omst moving true story that I have ever seen. It follows Father Damien (David Wenham)as he begins his work on the island of Molokia. The island is where those suffereing from leper were sent to die. Father Damien is sent to establish a priesthood there and remain for three months and is ordered to touch no one or risk contracting the disease. However Father Damien's kind nature soon sees him rebelling from this and he gradually turns the place from a hell hole into a haven.
Good performances are also turned in by the likes of Peter O'Toole and Tom Wlikinson. To make it into a spell binding tear jerker.
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After visiting these areas of the world some time ago we were aware that Moloki was used as a lepor colony so this excellent film brought more depth to the history of the island
Accurate attention to detail in the film with good convincing acting from all.
many of the extras being Moloki islanders themselves.
Strength of character, bravery, stoicism excellently portrayed by lead.
A beautiful thoughtful positive film would view a second time.
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This is a very moving account of a young Catholic priest who selflessly gives his life in helping and working with a colony of lepers,who until then had received no spiritual or material help in any way, from the Government of Britain or the USA.

Nobody would go to Molokai in the 1872 period of Victoria's reign, as everyone who had been there left as soon as they could..The island was the dumping ground for lepers who were going to die.The victims of this terrible disease had nobody to help them,and sadly the island was run in the main by alcoholics with a splash of black magic or voodoo thrown in....In short it was absolute mayhem.

Father Damien was obviously made of sterner stuff than most young priests when he volunteered to help the islanders.On his arrival he met someone,a man,a former nurse who had contracted the disease,and this man was played very movingly by Peter O" Toole.The nurse was dying but he inspired Father Damian to seemingly and miraculously convert the island into order and peace.

He was told before he went that he must not touch the lepers and to keep his distance from them.Damian ignored the warnings as he was full of love and compassion for the victims of this terrible disease.He started to rebuild the church,and then small houses were provided and some sort of hospital was erected to help those who were in the final stages of dying.

The young priest was visited by many notables,including the Princess from Hawaii,along with the reluctant visitor of Sam Neill,the Hawaiian Prime Minister, to accompany her.From these visits friendships blossomed and help started to arrive to alleviate the atrocious conditions.

Sadly the zealous priest caught the disease and the rest is truly history as they say.
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I think i saw this film as a child and always remembered it. Watching it again i still enjoyed it. The story of Father Damian is very humbling. In an age where society rams down our throats how we should idolise celebities who seek no other glorification than their own, where virtue is derided and selfishness is applauded, this film really brings home who the true heroes are in our midst. Everyone should watch this film. The production is beautiful, the music i was particularly impressed with, and the cast are outstanding. It really is a quiet gem of a film that truly expresses what the quality of humanity is all about.
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This biography of Father Damien, the Catholic priest who in 1873 volunteered for service on the Hawaiian leper colony of Molokai. For 15 years Damien ministered nearly single-handedly to the quarantined community, supplying what medication he could procure while struggling against the red tape from organizations (religious and governmental) that would rather have forgotten all about the thousands of people dying in primitive conditions. He won some battles and lost others, finally succumbing to the disease himself in 1888.

The films earnestness led to the who's-who supporting cast (Sam Neill, Derek Jacobi, Peter O'Toole, Leo McKern, Kate Ceberano and Kris Kristofferson), but it is David Wenham who must carry the film as Damien, which he does spectacularly and with a touching humility, but with the spirit to fight for those he serves, in the midst of such conflict. Director Paul Cox was inspired in his choices of choosing scenes to highlight 15 years in a single film not two hours long. He uses amazing cinematographic tools to convey the story and the passage of time, a tree stand planted by Damien, the many construction projects he carries out, and watching `Little Bishop' grow up and pass away. Pay particular attention to the music, and the use of the sound of the wind as the film progresses.

This is a story of faith and of service. If you want a film that will challenge your spirit and cause you to examine your own life in the light of the service given by others you could not pick a better film.

The Toronto Globe and Mail stated about the film "A Triumph of the Human Spirit!" Though this film did well at the film festivals it had little or no mainstream release in North America.

[...] Is the IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) site about the film.

After seeing this film I have been driven to track down books about Damien and the situation there on Molokai. In watching this film be prepared to be challenged.
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