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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
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Love Caught In The Fire Of Revolution 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie represents an instance where a character in the film has the same name of a real life celebrity. Mel Gibson plays an Australian journalist character who has the same name as Guy Hamilton, a British film director of adventure, war and thriller films including four James Bond movies. See more »

Goofs

Billy Kwan should have the same type of dwarfism as his father, and yet his limbs and body are perfectly normal despite his small size. 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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Connections

Spoofed in Night of Loving Dangerously (1985) 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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User Reviews

 
A Truly Beautiful Film See It If You Get The Chance!
7 September 2004 | by (United States) – 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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