Facts and Figures
Run time: 116 mins
In Theaters: Thursday 30th July 1981
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 6.6 / 10
The convoluted story has a female violinist (Irène Jacob) shanghaied from her indentured servitude by a semi-wealthy island-dweller (Willem Dafoe). Naturally, the woman's owner becomes a bit miffed and sends some goons (including Rufus Sewell and Sam Neill in a rare bad-guy role) after them. Imagine the hijinks!
Eventually this culminates in an explosion of bloodshed, all courtesy of some of the densest characters I've ever encountered in the movies. And it seems like a terrible lot of fuss over a rather cold fish, by the way.
Overall, writer/director Mark Peploe's film is rather pedestrian and never generates much emotion for its hero (it's tough to root for perennial villain Dafoe in any role, isn't it?) or his struggle. He comes off as a droll, imperialist stooge, and his story couldn't be less compelling.