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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  21 January 1983 (USA)
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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 ...
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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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

21 January 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El año que vivimos en peligro  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made and released about four years after the film's source novel of the same title by C.J. Koch was first published in 1978. See more »

Goofs

When Guy runs toward Jill as she is leaving the party to keep her from going to Billy, his left hand is covered with blood. When he returns to Billy and puts his hand under Billy's head, there is no blood on his hand. See more »

Quotes

Billy Kwan: I would have given up the world for her. You wouldn't even give up one story.
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Referenced in The Starter Wife: Mollywood (2008) See more »

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Long Tall Sally
Words and Music by Little Richard (uncredited), Enotris Johnson (uncredited) and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (uncredited)
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Vee-Jay International Records
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A Truly Beautiful Film See It If You Get The Chance!
7 September 2004 | by (SC) – See all my reviews

The film is wonderfully sensate, alive and filled with exotic beauty and deep passions.

The colors, textures and sound have a dimensionality that draws the viewer right into the scene, the place the time... when it rains, the viewer can feel the rain, when the hero, Guy is being drowned in a dream, the viewer senses the suffocation...

The chemistry between Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver, as young lovers in exciting times, is breath-taking!

But Linda Hunt is the biggest gem in the movie, playing a little man named Billy Kwan. She is incredibly credible in this role. Few female actresses can believably pull-off playing a male character, but Hunt did it so well that, at first, the viewer feels a familiarity with the person playing Billy without realizing he is being played by a woman. When I realized it, I was totally amazed. Hunt is a great actress well-deserving of the Oscar she won for the portrayal.

The film is evocative and enthralling. And so alive, so utterly alive!

_The Year of Living Dangerously_ has and is everything a film should be.


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