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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

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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

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A Love Caught In The Fire Of Revolution See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

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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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

As Guy is arriving in Jakarta Billy Kwan's VO tells us it is June 25th, 1965, but the copy of Time Magazine Guy is clutching as he passes through immigration is actually the July 30th, 1965 issue with the famous Marc Chagall self portrait cover. See more »

Quotes

Billy Kwan: If it's in focus, it's pornography, if it's out of focus, it's art.
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Connections

Referenced in Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Tutti-Frutti
Written by Little Richard (uncredited), Dorothy La Bostrie (uncredited) and Joe Lubin (uncredited)
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy fo Vee-Jay International Records
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Pretty much a flawless movie
2 April 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I watched TYLD after a prof recommended it in grad school. I had to rent it from an obscure-movies rental place in Alexandria, Virginia and I now own the picture.

There are three elements, mixed together, that make TYLD superb, rich cinema. First, it captures the feel of westerners living abroad, the cluster of expat personalities that you find were you to live or work abroad.

Second, it is one of the best love stories ever crafted, with a "fleeting end of summer feel" between Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. They are both young; Weaver is stunningly gorgeous. Their romance ends almost as abruptly as it begins. We've all been there.

The movie also captures an awesome historical moment and is fascinating Cold War history. The movie is flawless.


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