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.
9 min

Richard, don't go out too far.

Em's a fraidy cat!

Richard! Emmeline!

Come back here this minute.

And be careful.

What's gotten into you, Richard?

Bad enough to endanger yourself,

but to encourage Emmeline...

I'm sorry, Father.

I know you want to have fun.

All I'm trying to do is get us all

to San Francisco in one piece.

Will Mommy be coming to San Fr'isco?

I don't believe so, Richard.

I told you. Once they go to heaven...

...they don't come back.

Isn't that right, Uncle Arthur?

My mommy and daddy haven't come back.

Because God wants them to stay...

...and do his work and wait for the day...

...when you will take

the long voyage to see them.

When will that be?

When you've lived a full life...

...and experienced all that it has to offer.


Father, what are they called?


I wish I had a hook. I'd pull 'em aboard

and the cook would fry 'em for dinner.

Captain, do you know

there's a fog bank coming in?

I'm aware of that fact, sir.

I heard one of the men say

those storms rounding the cape...

...pushed us far west of our course.

That's right, sir.

Last night's celestial puts us about here.

Richard, what are you looking at?

They don't have any clothes on.

What the hell are you two doing here?

I'll teach you, bucko!

Come here.

Don't you dare hurt him.

You want a hiding, too, do you?

- Fire!

- Fire?

Did somebody say "fire"?

Man the pumps.

- Button.

- Yes, sir?

Take the children and Mr. Lestrange

and row them away from the ship.

Come on.

Mr. Lestrange.

There's blasting powder in that hold.

I saw them load it.

Keep moving!

Come on, will you?

Come on, you.

Uncle Arthur!

Richard! Emmeline!

- This way, Lestrange.

- The children!

They've already taken their leave.

Follow me, sir.

No, there is no more room.

Lower away!

Abandon ship!

Don't explode yet!


What's happening? I can't see.

- What was that?

- The ship. Cover your faces.



Uncle Arthur!

There they are!


Captain, over here.




Don't go shouting both at once.

I won't know which way to steer.

Longboat, ahoy! Where are you?




Lord, help us.

Where is Father?

What is your name?

Paddy Button. Now, belay your questions.

Can't you see I'm busy?

Damn it. No food or water.

That's Chopin. I can play it on the piano.

Mr. Button, can I ask you a question?


Are you a pirate?

I'm thirsty.

Me, too.

Listen...'ll hear it hiss

when it touches the water.

- You hear it?

- I think so.

I don't hear anything.

Listen harder.

It must be fairly boilin' by now.

There. Do you hear it?

I hear it. Don't you hear it now, Em?

I think so.

Yes, I hear it.

I smell flowers.


Mr. Button! Richard! Look!

It's land!

Land ho!

We're saved.

I would never have believed it.

Where are we?

Nirvana, that's where we are. No more

"yes, sir," "no, sir," for Paddy Button.

No more breaking my back

over a stinkin' stove.

Will Father be coming to fetch us?

Come on, let's look around.


Come on.

I knew it.

It's lovely.


Ho, down there! Look out below!

Mr. Button, there's a barrel over here...

...with funny stuff in it

that smells like the Captain's breath.

The Captain's breath?

It's rum.

Sweet Jesus.

Look what a funny thing I found.

It's got holes in it.

Give me that. Where did you get it?

- What was it?

- We'd better get out of here.

There's a bunch of them up there.

Come on, let's get out of here.

Hurry it up, will you?

I don't see Father's boat.

No, not yet. Maybe he'll be along later.

Maybe not.

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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