Till There Was You (1990 film)

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Till There Was You
Directed by John Seale
Written byMichael Thomas
Produced by Hal and Jim McElroy
Starring Mark Harmon
Deborah Unger
Jeroen Krabbe
Shane Briant
CinematographyGeoffrey Simpson
Edited by Jill Bilcock
Music by Graeme Revell
Ayer Productions
Distributed byCIC (video)
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
90 minutes
United States
BudgetA$13 million [1]

Till There Was You is a 1990 Australian film directed by John Seale, written by Michael Thomas, and starring Mark Harmon, Martin Garner, Gregory T. Daniel, and Deborah Kara Unger. The film was shot on location in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.


The film's title is taken from the song "Till There Was You", written by Meredith Willson for his 1957 musical play The Music Man . Australian pop singer Kate Ceberano performed the song on the movie's soundtrack.


Frank Flynn is summonsed from New York City to Vanuatu by his brother Charlie. He arrives only to find Charlie dead, and becomes involved with his late brother's partner, Viv, and Viv's unhappy wife, Anna.



According to producer Jim McElroy, the aim of the movie was to make an adventure film in the style of Elephant Walk (1954) or To Have and Have Not (1944). It marked the directorial debut of highly regarded cinematographer John Seale. [2] Dennis Quaid was originally rumoured to play the lead. [3]

Half the budget was provided by the FFC, whose contribution amounted to $6,326,711. [4]

The film was shot from 6 November 1989 to 19 January 1990. [1]

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  1. 1 2 "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, March 1990 p. 73
  2. Andrew Urban, "Till There Was You", Cinema Papers, May 1990 p. 610
  3. "Paul Harris Reports", Cinema Papers, March 1989 p. 3
  4. Helen Barlow, "The Australian Film Finance Corporation", Cinema Papers, August 1991 p. 35