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Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Details


Based on the true story of a priest who risked his life in order to help people no one else would touch (a wager he would eventually lose), Father Damien stars David Wenham as the titular Belgian saint. In 1872, Damien, a young Catholic priest serving as a missionary near Hawaii, volunteers to spend three months working in a colony for victims of leprosy on the island of Molokai. When he arrives, he discovers the lepers have been herded to a barely inhabitable part of the island where they're treated like animals. Damien is shocked, and makes it his crusade to improve the lives of the lepers, planting trees to help buffer the island's strong winds and building huts to house the sicker members of the tribe. Damien also concerns himself with their spiritual needs, restoring a sense of dignity and self-respect among the diseased and urging them away from drinking, sex, and other sinful behavior. At first, Damien's pleas to the mainland for medicine, supplies, and medical help fall on deaf ears, but soon the press picks up on Damien's story -- which only angers the Hawaiian government, who would prefer the plight of the lepers be forgotten. Damien is destined to spend the last years of his life on Molokai when he contacts the disease himself, working to ease the pain of his fellow victims to his last breath. Father Damien boasts a star-studded supporting cast, including Sam Neill, Peter O'Toole, Leo McKern, Kris Kristofferson, and Derek Jacobi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 17, 1999


David Wenham
as Father Damien
Kate Ceberano
as Princess Liliukalani
Chris Haywood
as Clayton Strawn
Thom Hoffman
as Dr. William Saxe
Derek Jacobi
as Father Leonor Fousnel
Alice Krige
as Mother Marianne
Kris Kristofferson
as Rudolph Meyer
Leo McKern
as Bishop Maigret
Sam Neill
as Prime Minister Gibson
Peter O'Toole
as Williamson
Michaël Pas
as Prof. Stottard
Dirk Roofthooft
as Father Conrardy
Tom Wilkinson
as Brother Dutton
Aden Young
as Dr. Kalewis
Jan Decleir


Paul Cox
Tharsi Vanhuysse
Grietje Lammertyn
Hilde Eynikel
Book Author
John Briley
Wim Mertens
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Grabowsky
Composer (Music Score)
Ludo Troch
John Scott
Jan Petitjean
Production Designer
Anton Kramer
John Briley
Associate Producer
Alex Verbaere
Executive Producer
Bernadette Corstens
Costume Designer
Bruno Tarriere
Sound/Sound Designer
Alek Goosse
Sound/Sound Designer
Renaat Coppens
First Assistant Director
Patsy Pollock
Bruno Tarriere
Re-Recording Mixer