David Wenham
Director: Paul Cox Cast: David Wenham
David Wenham
, Kate Ceberano
Kate Ceberano
, Chris Haywood
Chris Haywood
Paul Cox

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2013
UPC: 0727985005928
Original Release: 1999
Source: Vision Video
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 19,163

Special Features

Chapter titles for easy scene access; Theatrical trailer and "The making of Molokai"; Biographical information on leading actors

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Paul Cox Director
John Briley Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Renaat Coppens Asst. Director
Bernadette Corstens Costumes/Costume Designer
James Currie Sound/Sound Designer
Alek Goosse Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Grabowsky Score Composer
Kristina Hamilton Editor
Anton Kramer Co-producer
Grietje Lammertyn Producer
Shay Lawrence Makeup
Nino Gaetano Martinetti Cinematographer
Wim Mertens Score Composer
Joris Mertens Art Director
Jo-Ann Nelson Makeup
Jan Petitjean Production Designer
Patsy Pollock Casting
John Scott Editor
Bruno Tarriere Sound/Sound Designer
Ludo Troch Editor
Tharsi Vanhuysse Producer
Alex Verbaere Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
1. Condemned [6:04]
2. The Call to Serve [6:09]
3. Getting Acquainted [7:22]
4. Reaching Out [7:37]
5. Request for Help [4:00]
6. Helping the Natives [5:41]
7. Request for Supplies [2:42]
8. Williamson [5:45]
9. New Medicine [12:04]
10. Confession [6:43]
11. Visit From the Princess [4:47]
12. Visit From Dr. Emerson [5:57]
13. Rescuing the Needy [7:40]
14. Father Dutton [4:12]
15. Letters [5:35]
16. Falling Ill [5:17]
17. Return to Molokai [10:03]
18. Requests Granted [14:23]

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Father Damien 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Superb Cast gives flesh and blood to the legendary story of Damien of Molokai. Beautifully photographed in the actual setting in Hawaii, Molokai is intelectually Challanging; emotionally moving; and genuinely inspiring.