07 June 2012

Film review: Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), by Ivan Reitman, ****


Big-screen favorite Harrison Ford stars in this nonstop adventure hit about a dream vacation that turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare! A gruff, rough-hewn cargo pilot living in the islands, Quinn Harris (Ford) hates tourists ... though he's not above making a fast buck from a sharp-tongued New Yorker, Robin Monroe (sexy Anne Heche), when she's desperate for a quick flight to Tahiti! But this already uneasy relationship suddenly takes a nosedive when his weather-beaten old plane is forced down in a storm! Now, stranded together on a deserted isle, Quinn and Robin quickly discover all the perils of paradise.


I have watched this movie today for the Nth time and had a good laugh, again! I just can't help it. I love it. I have seen in a theater in Brussels when it first came out, then on various airplanes, and decided to buy the DVD on Amazon. I will probably get the Blue-ray disc when it comes out.

I love the story: older man, cool, witty, rough, adventurous. That is me. Or at least it's what I'd like to be. Younger career woman, completely different from him, fashio freak, follows the rules but likes to break them: that is the woman I would like to meet. They eventually both change their ways because they fall in love with each other.

The pace is great, lots of unpredictable twists and turns, quite a few memorable lines. My fav is when Ford realizes they have little chance of getting rescued and tells her: "We are going to be together on this island for a long, long, ... long, long, long time!". He says it so well, with all the right pauses!

I have the impression the DVD version cuts out some parts: I seem to recall that in the theater version they actually make love on the island, while in my DVD they just kiss. Whatever.

A good version of the tested stuck-on-an-island theme, but also a wake up call for all those who dream of finding paradise in the wild tropics.

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