“I don’t care if we never see a boat again. I don’t care if we never get away from here!”
Two young children (Susan Stranks and Peter Rudolph Jones) are shipwrecked on a deserted island, and must survive on their own. As they grow older, Emma (Jean Simmons) and Michael (Donald Houston) find themselves falling in love while waiting to be rescued.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Deserted Island
- First Love
- Jean Simmons Films
This mid-century British adaptation of Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s adventure novel is primarily known for featuring Jean Simmons in her lead debut:
and as the predecessor to the infamously bad 1980 remake. On its own merits, however, The Blue Lagoon remains an enjoyable — if highly unrealistic — coming-of-age tale, worth watching simply for the gorgeous technicolor cinematography, and Simmons’ luminous face gracing the screen.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Jean Simmons in one of her earliest leading roles
- Some genuine tense moments, as when Simmons is kidnapped by a rapacious sailor (Cyril Cusack) with decidedly unsavory intentions
Beautiful technicolor cinematography (albeit in need of restoration) of the deserted island
No. Though it holds some historical interest as the precursor to its 1980 counterpart, The Blue Lagoon is ultimately only must-see viewing for fans of Jean Simmons.