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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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Kumar
Domingo Landicho ...
Hortono
Hermino De Guzman ...
Immigration Officer
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Pete Curtis
Noel Ferrier ...
Wally O'Sullivan
Paul Sonkkila ...
Kevin Condon
Ali Nur ...
Ali
Dominador Robridillo ...
Betjak Man
Joel Agona ...
Palace Guard
Mike Emperio ...
Bernardo Nacilla ...
Dwarf
Bill Kerr ...
Colonel Henderson
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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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Mel Gibson . . . Living Dangerously See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El año que vivimos en peligro  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Atkins was originally cast in the role of Billy Kwan. 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: -Don't think about the major issues. You do what you can about the misery in front of you. You add your light to the sum of all light.
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Connections

Referenced in The Starter Wife: Mollywood (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Beim Schlafengehen
from "Four Last Songs"
by Richard Strauss
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa and London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Davis
Courtesy of CBS Masterworks
Published by Boosey-Hawkes
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One of the Great Atmosphere Films
22 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever since I first saw this film, it has been one of my favorite. The performances are not perfect, but the chemistry between the main characters is electric. The semi-fictitious plot (it is said to be somewhat based on a period of the life of reporter Peter Arnet) melds so nicely with the historical events of 1960's Indonesia. Linda Hunt well deserved the Academy Award, but I felt that it should have also been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Director, Film, and Cinematography. The story follows the novel of which it was based better than 95% of the time. The Atmosphere of the film always leaves me awe-struck. By the end I feel like I have lived Guy's life. It is a romantic film with a small dose of action that both men and women should enjoy.


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