Nate and Hayes
Nate and Hayes (also known as Savage Islands in New Zealand and the UK) is a 1983 swashbuckling adventure film set in the South Pacific in the late 19th century. Directed by Ferdinand Fairfax and filmed on location in Fiji and New Zealand, it starred Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe and Jenny Seagrove.
|Nate and Hayes / Savage Islands|
|Directed by||Ferdinand Fairfax|
|Produced by||Lloyd Phillips|
|Written by||John Hughes|
|Story by||David Odell|
|Music by||Trevor Jones|
|Edited by||John Shirley|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 18, 1983|
|Box office||$1.9 million (domestic)|
It was one of several 1980s films designed to capitalize on the popularity of Indiana Jones, but Nate and Hayes was a flop at the box office.
The film tells the story of missionary Nathaniel "Nate" Williamson, taken to an island mission with his fiancée Sophie. Their ship, the Rona, is captained by the roguish William "Bully" Hayes, who also takes a liking to Sophie. When Sophie is kidnapped by slave trader Ben Pease, "Nate" teams with Hayes in order to find her. The two men enjoy a friendly rivalry for Sophie's affections, and she is to some extent torn between them, though committed to Nate.
The story was based on the adventures of real-life blackbirders Bully Hayes and Ben Pease. The character of Hayes was much softened in the film and Pease turned into a villain. The script was rewritten by John Hughes.
The director was Ferdinand Fairfax, an Englishman most recently notable for his direction of the television series, Churchill — The Wilderness Years. Fairfax described the film as a tongue-in-cheek adventure in the style of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. "I'm not making Carry on Pirates or anything like that, but I think it will be a very funny film", he said.
Release & ReceptionEdit
In his review, Roger Ebert gave the film one star and called it 'inexplicable', criticizing the tone and plot. The New York Times gave plaudits to the performances, but felt the film was 'no fun at all', criticizing the inconsistent action and production values.
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