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Island, The (Universal 1980, Michael Caine, Jeffrey Frank)



A journalist (Michael Caine) and his son (Jeffrey Frank) set out to investigate the loss of a ship in the Bermuda Triangle, but they’re forced to crash land on a remote island inhabited by modern pirates. They take the two men hostage and intend to make the son the new leader of the tribe. The film’s highlight is another brilliant score by composer Ennio Morricone.

Michael Ritchie, who directed The Island, also helmed Divine Madness! that same year, which featured the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler. She would appear in a second special seventeen years later, Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997).

production details
USA | Universal | 114 minutes | 1980

Director: Michael Ritchie
Producers: David Brown, Richard Zanuck
Director of Photography: Henri Decae
Editor: Richard Harris
Music: Ennio Morricone
Script: Peter Benchley
Art Direction: Dale Hennesy

Dudley Sutton as Dr. Brazil
John O’Leary as Doctor #1
Michael Caine as Blair Maynard
Frank Middlemass as Windsor
Colin Jeavons as Hizzoner
Don Henderson as Rollo
David Warner as David Nau
Angela Punch McGregor as Beth
Zakes Mokae as Wescott
Jeffrey Frank as Justin Maynard
Bruce McLaughlin as Doctor #2
Jimmy Casino as Doctor #3
Suzanne Astor as Mrs. Burgess
Susan Bredhoff as Kate
Brad Sullivan as Stark