Shot in Hawaii, Norway, Tahiti, and New England, this film was nurtured for several years by Fred Zinnemann who then stepped out before the shooting began. Hill came in, was briefly replaced by Arthur Hiller as director, and eventually returned to finish what must be one of the most
complex jobs of directing ever attempted. It's 1820 and von Sydow is a recent Yale Divinity School graduate who agrees to take the word of God to the Hawaiian nonbelievers. Von Sydow thinks he would be better off with a wife, so he shyly proposes marriage to Andrews, who is in love with Harris, a
raffish sea captain with whom she has been corresponding, although he hasn't answered a let...