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The Year of Living Dangerously -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Peter Weir (screenplay)
C.J. Koch (novel)
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Release Date:
21 January 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Love Caught In The Fire Of Revolution See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(74 articles)
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Despite some weaknesses, a strong movie See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Guy Hamilton

Sigourney Weaver ... Jill Bryant

Linda Hunt ... Billy Kwan

Michael Murphy ... 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 ... Sukarno
Bernardo Nacilla ... Dwarf
Domingo Landicho ... Hortono
Hermino De Guzman ... Immigration Officer
Coco Marantha ... Pool Waiter
Kuh Ledesma ... Tiger Lily
Norma Uatuhan ... Ibu
Lito Tolentino ... Udin
Cecily Polson ... Moira
David Oyang ... Hadji
Mark Egerton ... Embassy Aide
Joonee Gamboa ... Naval Officer
Pudji Waseso ... Officer in Cafe
Joel Lamangan ... Security Man No. 1
Mario Layco ... Security Man No. 2
Jabo Djohansjan ... Doctor

Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo ... Roadblock Soldier (as Agus Widjaja)
Chris Quivak ... Airport Official
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Directed by
Peter Weir 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
C.J. Koch  novel
C.J. Koch  screenplay
Peter Weir  screenplay
David Williamson  screenplay

Produced by
Jim McElroy .... producer (as James McElroy)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Pinter 
 
Costume Design by
Terry Ryan 
 
Makeup Department
Judy Lovell .... makeup artist: Australia
Judy Lovell .... special effects makeup artist: Australia
Bob McCarron .... special effects makeup artist: Australia
Cheryl Williams .... hair stylist: Australia
 
Production Management
Joe Constantino .... assistant production manager: Philippines
Mark Egerton .... production supervisor: Australia
Murray Francis .... unit manager: Australia
Tim Sanders .... production manager: Australia
John Hollands .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jose Angeles .... assistant director: Philippines
Wayne Barry .... first assistant director: Philippines
Michael Bourchier .... third assistant director: Australia
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director: Australia
Ulysses Formanez .... assistant director: Philippines
Ken Richardson .... assistant director: Philippines
Chris Webb .... second assistant director: Australia
Robert Woolcott .... assistant director: Philippines
 
Art Department
Francisco Balangue .... construction foreman: Philippines
Anni Browning .... assistant art director
Sally Campbell .... prop buyer: Australia
Sally Campbell .... set dresser: Australia
Michael Chorney .... scenic artist: Australia
Dominador Dela Cruz .... head carpenter: Philippines
Alan Dunstan .... art department assistant: Australia
Hugh Hamilton .... carpenter: Australia
Billy Malcolm .... scenic artist: Australia
Jenny Miles .... assistant stand-by props: Australia
Clark Munro .... stand-by props: Australia
Ramon Nicdao .... assistant art director: Philippines
Gambino Payawal .... assistant construction foreman: Philippines (as Gavino Payawal)
Paddy Reardon .... prop buyer: Australia
Paddy Reardon .... set dresser: Australia
Geoffrey Spence .... carpenter: Australia
Marta Statescu .... prop buyer: Australia
Marta Statescu .... set dresser: Australia
Wendy Stites .... design coordinator (as Wendy Weir)
Ron Sutherland .... carpenter: Australia
Peter Templeton .... construction manager: Australia
Paul Vosilianis .... carpenter: Australia
Stewart Way .... prop buyer: Australia
Stewart Way .... set dresser: Australia
Derek Wyness .... carpenter: Australia (as Derek Wynness)
 
Sound Department
Peter Fenton .... dialogue mixer: Australia
Phil Heywood .... sound effects mixer: Australia
Louise Innes .... assistant sound editor: Australia
Robin Judge .... assistant sound editor: Australia
Spencer Lee .... sound engineer: Australia
Ron Purvis .... recording supervisor: Australia
Andrew Steuart .... sound editor: Australia
Mark J. Wasiutak .... boom operator: Australia (as Mark Wasiutak)
Gary Wilkins .... sound recordist: Australia
 
Special Effects by
Danny Dominguez .... special effects: Philippines
 
Stunts
Peter West .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bansgrove .... gaffer: Australia
Nixon Binney .... camera operator: Australia
Ray Brown .... key grip: Australia
Colin Chase .... electrician: Australia
Geordie Dryden .... assistant grip: Australia
Paul Gantner .... best boy: Australia
Stuart Green .... assistant grip: Australia
Peter Menzies Jr. .... focus puller: Australia
Paul Moyes .... electrician: Australia
John Seale .... photographer: second unit
Jim Townley .... still photographer: Australia
Geoffrey Wharton .... clapper loader: Australia (as Geoff Wharton)
 
Casting Department
Alison Barrett .... casting: Australia
Jo Hardie .... extras casting: Australia
Precy Iniego .... casting: Philippines
Penseroso Libre .... casting: Philippines
Sue Parker .... extras casting: Australia
Monica Swann .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ramon Alonzo .... wardrobe: Philippines
Jenni Bolton .... wardrobe mistress: Australia
Vicente Cabrera .... wardrobe: Philippines (as Vic Cabrera)
Phil Eagles .... stand-by wardrobe: Australia
Gina Garcia .... wardrobe: Philippines
Anthony Jones .... costume supervisor: Australia
Roger Monk .... stand-by wardrobe: Australia
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative matcher: Australia (as Maggie Cardin)
Jeanine Chiavlo .... associate editor: Australia (as Jeanine Chialvo)
Peter Erskine .... assistant editor: Australia
Karen Foster .... assistant editor: Australia
Toto Natividad .... assistant editor: Philippines (as Federico Natividad)
Lee Smith .... associate editor: Australia
 
Music Department
Gethin Creagh .... music mixer: Australia
Sven Libaek .... music coordinator: Australia
 
Transportation Department
Pablo Mercado Sr. .... transportation manager: Philippines
 
Other crew
Sandra Alexander .... production assistant: Australia
Joe Alonsabe .... accountant: Philippines
Sally Blaxland .... production secretary: Philippines
Fran Burke .... title designer: Australia
Celso Al. Carunungan .... production consultant: Philippines
Elaine Crowther .... production accountant: Australia
Jessie Cuneta .... location manager: Philippines (as Jesse Cuneta)
Carolynne Cunningham .... production coordinator: Australia
Jaime de la Rosa .... production liaison: Philippines (as Jaime Dela Rosa)
John Faithful .... caterer: Australia
Sue Faithful .... caterer: Australia
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison: Australia
John Hargreaves .... MGM representitive: Australia
Lynda House .... production secretary: Australia
Moya Iceton .... assistant to director: Australia
Moya Iceton .... continuity: Australia
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... production coordinator: Philippines
Agnes Marajas .... production secretary: Philippines
Monica Pellizzari .... production assistant: Australia
Wilma Schinella .... assistant to producer: Australia
Babette Smith .... unit publicist: Australia
Pudji Waseso .... technical advisor: Australia
John Wiggins .... location manager: Australia
Mike Wilcox .... business manager: Australia
Andrew Thomas Wilson .... synthesizer programmer: Australia
 
Thanks
Richard Woolcott .... acknowledgment
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Pre-release and pre-production publicity referred to the name of actress Linda Hunt as Phipps Hunt or L. Phipps Hunt. Hunt's full name at birth was Lydia Susanna Hunter.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The rear window of Guy's car is smashed when the mob attacks it. The next shot is from inside the car, which shows the rear window still intact.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Kwan:I would have given up the world for her. You wouldn't even give up one story.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Peter Weir Industry Seminar 1989 (1989) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Be-Bob-A-LulaSee more »

FAQ

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Despite some weaknesses, a strong movie, 16 July 2001
Author: Geofbob from London, England

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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