An Adventure in Filmmaking: The Making of 'The Blue Lagoon'

Synopsis: This 'making of...' documentary's subject is the remake of The Blue Lagoon (1980). The plot synopsis has two children marooned on a deserted island where they grow up into young adults. Despite the simple story and small primary cast, director Randal Kleiser has logistical challenges in location shooting on a remote island in Fiji. He decided to remake the movie after reading the original source material, a 1918 novel. The process of casting the two young lead actors Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields is discussed, they who compare their own growing up experiences to that of their characters. Location filming afforded the use of native Fijians, both in playing native characters on screen, as well as providing lessons on island life such as that the characters go through. But the location also provides a quick escape for some fun and relaxation while not filming.
Genre: Short
9 min

Take them things out of your mouth!

Open your mouth!

Take them out of your mouth!

Spit them out! Go on!

Don't cry. I ain't mad at you.

If you eat them berries, you'll go to sleep.

You'll never wake up again.

They're never-wake-up berries, you see?

Just leave them berries alone. Come on.

We had a cat once

that went to sleep and never woke up.

Uncle Arthur said she was dead and buried.

Mr. Button, do you think she ate

some of those berries?


What does it really mean, Paddy,

"dead and buried"?

It means that they put you in the ground

and they cover you up.

And you're dead and buried, do you see?

Like Mrs. Jones' baby. Remember, Em?

The doctor dug it out of the cabbage patch.

The cabbage patch?

That's right.

But he took it back and planted it again.

So it could grow and turn into an angel.

I got a trowel

and dug our cabbage patch all up.

But there weren't any babies or any angels.

Only worms.

What's in them pictures, Richard?

It's a story about these funny people

who get married.

There is a saying under each one.

Give us a look.


Were you ever married, Paddy?

Seven times.

Kids in every port from Callao to Macao.

Seventeen at the last count.

Never set eyes on a single of them.

Slanted-eyed little devils... little devils,

even a couple of pink ones like you.

And all with my eyes.

Paddy, what's "subjugation"?

Something I've been trying to avoid

all my life.

Come back here. This ain't gonna hurt you.

We don't want to go swimming!

We don't have our bathing costumes!

To hell with your bathing costumes!

You don't wear them

when you have a bath, do you?

This isn't a bathtub. This is the ocean!

Ready, go. That's it.

Whenever you see a ship,

you run down quick...

...and you light the signal fire.

Do you hear me?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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