Pacific Destiny

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Elliott stars in the story of the true-life adventures of a man who served as a British colonial officer in the South Seas. At the urgings of his uncles (Felton, Bathurst, and Buckton) Elliott takes his young wife (Stephen) and heads to Samoa for his first assignment. There he must deal with the resident commissioner (Hordern), a man who is not easily pleased....read more

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Elliott stars in the story of the true-life adventures of a man who served as a British colonial officer in the South Seas. At the urgings of his uncles (Felton, Bathurst, and Buckton) Elliott takes his young wife (Stephen) and heads to Samoa for his first assignment. There he must deal

with the resident commissioner (Hordern), a man who is not easily pleased. Elliott is constantly in trouble with his supervisor and is consigned to a smaller island. Elliott regards this as a sign of failure and decides to quit. However, Stephen refuses to let her husband give up so easily and

encourages him to accept his new assignment as a challenge. Elliott comes around and finally proves himself in the new post. The Cinemascope photography of the Samoan locations is often stunning, the best part of an otherwise boring film. There's little in the way of action, and far too much

dialog. Plot development is sluggish and predictable. Elliott does his best and delivers an earnest characterization, and Hordern's performance is right on the money in a good (though stereotyped) comic role. But these assets just aren't enough to overcome the fact that this is a routine and

boring story with a pretty picture backdrop. PACIFIC DESTINY was the first independent feature by producer Lawrie. He had previously worked with the National Film Finance Corporation (of England) as managing director before making the switch to independent filmmaking.

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  • Review: Elliott stars in the story of the true-life adventures of a man who served as a British colonial officer in the South Seas. At the urgings of his uncles (Felton, Bathurst, and Buckton) Elliott takes his young wife (Stephen) and heads to Samoa for his first… (more)

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