Blood & Orchids (1986) Online
Hester Murdoch is found naked and nearly beaten to death by four young Hawaiian men on the beach and taken to the hospital. Some of the men didn't want to get involved, fearing they might be blamed, because she was white, but do so anyway. Almost immediately everyone suspects they are to blame. When Hester's politically influential mother Doris finds out what really happened, she fearing a scandal, forces her daughter to blame the men who rescued her, of raping and beating her. It's up to detective Curt Maddox, to find out what really happened, and their Hawaiian lawyer to do the impossible. Convince a white court of law, that they are innocent.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Kris Kristofferson||-||Capt. Curtis 'Curt' Maddox|
|Jane Alexander||-||Doris Ashley|
|Sean Young||-||Leonore Bergman|
|José Ferrer||-||Walter Bergman|
|Susan Blakely||-||Marie Farrell|
|David Clennon||-||Phillip Murray|
|George Coe||-||Dr. Lansing|
|Richard Dysart||-||Harvey Koster|
|Haunani Minn||-||Princess Luahine|
|William Russ||-||Lloyd Murdoch|
|Matt Salinger||-||Bryce Parker|
|Madeleine Stowe||-||Hester Ashley Murdoch (as Madeline Stowe)|
|Arthur Rosenberg||-||Sergeant Jack Keller|
Based on the September 1931 rape and beating in Honolulu of Thalia Massie, wife of a Navy submarine officer stationed at Pearl Harbor. She accused several young Hawaiian men of the crime, which inflamed existing racial tensions in the islands between whites and native Hawaiians.
Hawaii officially became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959. It is one of the smallest states, and it is the only state made up entirely of islands.
Princess Luahine (Abigail Wahi ika ahu ula Campbell Kawananakoa) (January 1, 1882 - April 12, 1945) Her father was James Campbell, one of the wealthiest industrialists in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Her mother was part-Hawaiian Abigail Kuaihelani Maipinepine Bright. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California, in 1900, when she converted from Anglicanism, religion of her parents, to Roman Catholicism. On January 6, 1902, by virtue of her marriage to Prince David La amea Kahalepouli Kawananakoa Pi ikoi, she became known as Princess.