The Legend of Johnny Lingo Movie Review 2003

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Orphaned as an infant, Tama winds up on a remote South Pacific island where he is initially revered as a god but ultimately is cast aside. He befriends Mahana, and when he decides to sail away in search of a better life he assures her that he'll come back for her. Washing up on another island, he meets a well-to-do trader, Johnny Lingo, who becomes his life mentor and aides him in fulfilling his promise. Drawing from Patricia McGerr's "Johnny Lingo's Eight-Cow Wife" and the 1969 film short "Johnny Lingo" by Wezel O. Whitaker, rookie director Ramirez holds to the tale's feel-good essence but drifts astray in the execution.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 95 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from a Story, Adventure Drama, Coming of Age, Pacific Islands
Riwia Brown
George Henare, Joe Folau, Rawiri Paratene, Kayte Ferguson
Allen Guilford
Steve Ramirez
Kevin Kiner

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