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The Prince of the Pacific

The Prince of the Pacific

A Feature film by Alain Corneau

Produced by Ice 3

Release in France : 20/12/2000


    1918. A French Navy ship steams into Fenua Poerava, alias Pearl Island, a lost paradise in the South Pacific.
    The ships captain, Alfred de Morsac, a highly decorated WW1 veteran, is here to recruit and train a battalion of Oceanian Infantrymen.
    Morsac is one of those intrepid heroes who “never say die,” the kind that could get by for a fortnight on one dead seagull. His courage and sense of duty sometimes border on recklessness and make him appear rather ridiculous. Landing on the island, he discovers a population of ancient warriors, the Hiva, living under the thumb of the vile, money-grabbing Commandant Lefebvre.
    Morsac makes friends with Reia, the island’s child prince, who imagines him to be ‘Tefa’aora,’ he who, according to an old Tahitian legend, must free the people from their oppression.
    Reia’s mother, Moeata, of French descent, has an entirely different take on things: for her, Morsac is nothing other than a ‘rotten European dog.’ Rapidly becoming an undesirable presence, Morsac is forced to flee, dragging Barnabé, a tender-hearted, but unwilling crook facing a twenty-year sentence, along with him. This frantic escape will take Morsac and Barnabé further than they could have ever imagined, overcome by a fate that surpasses their wildest dreams.
    A lively adventure about men’s greed, the futility of power and the force of dreams.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Ice 3

    Foreign production company :

    Mate Production

    French distribution :

    Fox France

    Co-production :

    TF1 Films Production

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    TF1 Studio

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Louis Becker, Thierry Lhermitte

    Dialogue Writers :

    Laurent Chalumeau, Eric Collins, Alain Corneau

    Director of Photography :

    Patrick Blossier

    Sound Assistant :

    Bernard Chaumeil

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Isabelle Sauvanon

    Sound Editor :

    Laurent Quaglio

    Continuity supervisor :

    Carole Fèvre

    Music Composer :

    Deep Forest

    Casting :

    Pascale Béraud

    Still Photographer :

    Bertrand Laforet

    Assistant Director :

    Patrick Delabrière

    Screenwriters :

    Pierre Geller, Christian Biegalski, Laurent Chalumeau, Eric Collins, Thierry Lhermitte, Alain Corneau, Lucie Etxebarria

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Gamet

    Production Manager :

    Frédéric Blum

    Editor :

    Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

    Assistant editor :

    Pauline Casalis

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Marc Kerdelhué

    Stunt performers :

    Jean-Louis Airola, Patrick Medioni

    Costume designers :

    Christine Guégan, Corinne Jorry

    Location Manager :

    Rémi Bergman

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    Feature film

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    France, Spain

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    Majority French (France, Spain)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby SRD