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Nate and Hayes (1983)




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This high-seas adventure centers on the friendship between a good-natured pirate and a missionary as they take on the bad-natured corsair who has been wreaking havoc on South Pacific islands.

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Tommy Lee Jones
as Capt. Bully Hayes
Michael O'Keefe
as Nathaniel Williamson
Max Phipps
as Ben Pease
Grant Tilly
as Count Von Rittenberg
Peter Rowley
as Louis Beck
Bill Johnson
as Rev. Williamson
Kate Harcourt
as Mrs. Williamson
Reg Ruka
as Moaka
Roy Billing
as Auctioneer
Prince Tui Teka
as King of Ponape
Peter Vere Jones
as Gunboat Captain
Tom Vanderlaan
as Count's Lieutenant
Mark Hadlow
as Gun Operator
Paul Farrel
as Crewman
Frank Taurua
as Crewman
Robert Bruce
as Crewman
Timothy Lee
as Crewman
Peter Bell
as Crewman
John Rush
as Crewman
Grant Price
as Crewman
Karl Bradley
as Crewman
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Critic Reviews for Nate and Hayes

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Tries unsuccessfully to be that buoyant, rollicking pirate movie we all remember having seen in our youth and which they don't make anymore.

June 24, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5

Nate and Hayes is one of the more inexplicable films I've encountered recently. The part I can't explain is: Why did they make it? The movie is a loud, confusing, pointless mess that never seems to make up its mind whether to be a farce or an adventure.

June 24, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A mess, and more to be studied as the sort of thing to avoid than respected as a forgotten gem that needs a new audience. But boy is it ever hard to turn away.

September 19, 2011 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Old fashioned but far from compelling...

July 15, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie shoots for light-hearted adventure but sinks like a lead anchor.

June 2, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nate and Hayes


Made before Tommy Lee Jones became a big star it was quite obviously the inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean. It was released in the UK under the title SAVAGE ISLANDS but in some places it was called NATE & HAYES. However, shame on Paramount for not exploiting it better. I know they had a lot riding on the not dissimilar Indiana Jones films but this is a cracking adventure and deserves better treatment (and why oh why has it not been seen on UK television for about 15 years?).

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

A movie from my past. A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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