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SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS

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The incomparably lush, richly diverse paradise of Kauai has beckoned Hollywood as a preferred "tropical movie" location site since the era of silent films

The incomparably lush, richly diverse paradise of Kauai has beckoned Hollywood as a preferred "tropical movie" location site since the era of silent films.

Kauai's first taste of the movie business came in 1933, when the legendary director Lois Weber brought the film 'White Heat"-a romantic story of plantation life and forbidden love in old Hawaii-to life on Kauai's west side.

More than six decades later, Kauai has served as an unforgettable backdrop to more than 50 films, including "South Pacific," "Blue Hawaii," "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World," "Outbreak," and Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming live­action feature, "Mighty Joe Young." Yet perhaps only Touchstone Pictures' "Six Days, Seven Nights" shows Kauai so magnificently, revealing parts of this stunningly majestic, dramatically exotic island never seen before in any motion picture.

For nearly three months, location filming spanned the entire map of incomparable Kauai-the oldest island of the Hawaiian archipelago. Production continued on the beaches of Los Angeles in mid­autumn. The film company completed approximately one month of soundstage shooting in Los Angeles.

In 1995, noted producer Wallis Nicita brought writer Michael Browning's spec script to producer Roger Birnbaum, who, in turn, bought it for Caravan Pictures. "The way I choose a script is very basic," producer Birnbaum says. "If I get goosebumps and have to go home and tell my wife I just read something wonderful, that's the criteria. When I read 'Six Days, Seven Nights' it was funny and romantic. I just sparked to it."

Birnbaum promptly presented the project to international film star Harrison Ford. "The reason I thought Harrison would be perfect for the part is that he conveys all the qualities the part required: wit, manliness and confidence. When he's on screen, even though there's trouble around, you feel somehow safe because he's there. That's a very rare quality. In the film, the main characters are stranded on a desert island and we needed the type of guy who no matter what happens, is going to make things okay.

The search for the "perfect director" to bring the film to full­bodied life followed. Luckily, for all involved, famed director Ivan Reitman was also smitten with the script-and the opportunity to work with Harrison Ford.

Ford, however, had a concurrent commitment to film the presidential thriller "Air Force One," and requested that he be permitted to complete that assignment before taking on the romantic adventure of Touchstone Pictures' "Six Days, Seven Nights." Details worked out, and Ivan Reitman began working with screenwriter Michael Browning to hone the script-deftly infusing it with the famed 'Reitman Touch.'

Casting the female lead of Robin Monroe, producer Birnbaum remembers that director Reitman called him one day and said he wanted him to come over and see Anne Heche who was returning for another audition, this time to read with Harrison Ford. ''I had met Anne years ago on an audition for another film of mine," Birnbaum recalls. "At that time I had not heard of her, but I was very taken with her audition and never forgot it. At this reading with Harrison, Anne knocked us out. She was funny, she was real, she's very beautiful, and coupled with the fact that she had an immediate chemistry with Harrison, made us believers. When she left

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