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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pete Curtis
Bill Kerr ...
Colonel Henderson
Noel Ferrier ...
Wally O'Sullivan
Bembol Roco ...
Kumar
Paul Sonkkila ...
Kevin Condon
Ali Nur ...
Ali
Dominador Robridillo ...
Betjak Man
Joel Agona ...
Palace Guard
Mike Emperio ...
Bernardo Nacilla ...
Dwarf
Domingo Landicho ...
Hortono
Hermino De Guzman ...
Immigration Officer
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Storyline

Guy Hamilton is a journalist on his first job as a foreign correspondent. His apparently humdrum assignment to Indonesia soon turns hot as President Sukarno electrifies the populace and frightens foreign powers. Guy soon is the hottest reporter on the story with the help of his photographer, half- Chinese dwarf Billy Kwan, who has gone native. Guy's affair with diplomat Jill Bryant also helps. Eventually Guy must face some major moral choices and the relationship between Billy and him reaches a crisis at the same time the politics of Indonesia does. Written by Reid Gagle

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El año que vivimos en peligro  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The January-February 1983 edition of American "Coming Attractions" magazine states that this movie marked "...the first time that an Australian movie has been fully financed and distributed by a major American motion picture company - MGM/UA." Website 'Allmovie' adds that "...the film was financed by MGM, in the first such American-Australian financial collaboration" whilst website 'Wikipedia' maintains that this film "...was the first co-production of Australia and a Hollywood studio". See more »

Goofs

In the sudden storm scene, when Guy and Jillian get into his car to get out of the rain. In the close reverse shot of Guy, water is clearly leaking heavily into the car through a crack in the door or window. But in the shot from behind the front seat of both the characters, there is no leak. See more »

Quotes

Billy Kwan: Most of us become children again when we enter the slums of Asia. And last night I watched you walk back into childhood. With all its opposite intensities: laughter and misery, the crazy and the grim, toy town and a city of fear.
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Referenced in The Lying Game: Weekend of Living Dangerously (2012) See more »

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White Cliffs of Dover
By Walter Kent (uncredited) and Nat Burton (uncredited)
Performed by Vera Lynn
Courtesy of EMI Records
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Despite some weaknesses, a strong movie
16 July 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Peter Weir's movie, set in Sukarno's Indonesia in 1965, can be seen as four films in one. The first is socio-political, focusing on the plight of the impoverished Indonesian people, the impending insurrection by the communist movement, and the bloody, chaotic aftermath of the coup. The second, coloured in Graham Greene-ish tones, has a cast of western journalists and diplomats failing to make sense of what's happening around them, and falling back on sex, drink and cynicism. The third - and most important in commercial-cinema terms - is a convincingly acted romance between rookie foreign correspondent Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) and British diplomat Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver), culminating in an unlikely and sentimental ending to the film.

But it is the fourth of these "sub-movies" which is the most intriguing; this concerns the diminutive and enigmatic Australian/Chinese photographer Billy Kwan, an astonishing - and Oscar winning - portrayal by actress Linda Hunt. Billy sees himself as a puppet-master, pulling the strings of friends and colleagues, particularly of Jill and Guy, whom he throws together. But his need to take control also motivates him to help local people, not through indirect and political means, but directly like an early Christian, and this apparently benign course leads to tragedy. Billy is the true heart and conscience of this film.

Weir is not entirely successful in weaving these strands together, and leaves a few gaps in both plot and characterisation. He is also occasionally guilty of melodrama (a fault which, in the movie, Jill warns Guy about), especially in the film's closing scenes - though certainly not where he shows communist sympathisers being shot, which is factual. On the whole, however, the movie works on both commercial and artistic levels, and should be seen.


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