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"There is only one safe place... in each other's arms."
  • PG
  • 1979
  • 4.7  (693)

Set in the idyllic island of Samoa, "Hurricane" from 1979 is a suspenseful and thrilling disaster film based on a true story. The film boasts a star-studded cast including Jason Robards, Mia Farrow, and Max von Sydow, who deliver excellent performances that effectively capture the emotional intensity of the story. At the beginning of the film, the island of Samoa is going through its calmest and serene period. But things change drastically when a massive hurricane strikes, causing widespread devastation and wreaking havoc on the lives of the people inhabiting the island. They are left without food, water or shelter and are forced to seek refuge in nearby caves.

The Samoan island is owned by a wealthy businessman, based in San Francisco, Charles Wessler (Jason Robards), who is skeptical about the severity of the impending storm. But when news of the disaster eventually reaches him, Charles decides to take matters into his own hands, even if it involves putting his own life at risk, and heads out to Samoa to oversee the relief efforts.

Max von Sydow plays the role of Father Malone, a priest on the island who is determined to help the people of Samoa, using both his faith and his impressive survival skills to guide them to safety. Mia Farrow plays the role of Maggie, the nurse who along with Malone, tends to the sick and injured, and helps to keep the morale of the people high during the most trying of times.

The film is well-crafted, with the focus on the disaster's aftermath, and the struggles of those affected as they try to rebuild their lives. It also features several important subplots that keep the audience engaged, including the story of the Wessler's family issues, and the burgeoning romance between Father Malone and Maggie.

The visuals presented in the film are dazzling, and the audiences are treated to some truly awe-inspiring and memorable scenes. The cinematography is top-notch, and the film's score fits perfectly with the tension of the story, binding the audience to the events unfolding on screen.

"Hurricane" from 1979 represents the pinnacle of disaster filmmaking, and the hands of the director and the talented ensemble cast, in particular, make it one of the most underrated films of the genre. The character development is excellent, allowing the audience to invest emotionally with the protagonists, in a way that is rarely seen in other disaster films. The plot is compelling and relatable, and the action is breathtaking, thanks to the proficient execution.

In conclusion, "Hurricane" from 1979 is a high-quality disaster film that engages the audience with its gripping storyline, excellent cast, and memorable scenes. It is truly an iconic piece of cinema that needs to be seen to be appreciated.

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    4.7  (693)