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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Poster

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

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Billy Kwan: What then must we do? We must give with love to whoever God has placed in our path.

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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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Billy Kwan: In the West, we want answers for everything. Everything is right or wrong, or good or bad. But in the

[shadow play]

Billy Kwan: no such final conclusion exists.

Billy Kwan: Look at Prince Ajuna. He's a hero. But he can also be fickle and selfish. Krishna says to him, "All is clouded by desire, Ajuna, as a fire by smoke, as a mirror by dust. Through these, it blinds the soul.

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Billy Kwan: We'll make a great team, old man. You for the words, me for the pictures. I can be your eyes.

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Jill Bryant: [remarking on one of Guy's articles] I found it a bit melodramatic. That's only my opinion, my flatmate was moved to tears. So, there you are.

Guy Hamilton: What does it take to move you to tears, eh?

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Billy Kwan: I would have given up the world for her. You wouldn't even give up one story.

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Guy Hamilton: It's not just A story, it's THE bloody story - can't you understand that?

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Billy Kwan: [Despairing over a shift in Guy Hamilton's values] Why can't you give yourself? Why can't you learn to love?

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[last lines]

Guy Hamilton: Kumar, I am sorry.

Kumar: Don't worry. We're going to win, because we believe in something.

Guy Hamilton: Goodbye, Kumar.

Kumar: Think of me Guy, when you are sitting in some nice cafe in Europe. In my dreams, I am always sitting at the table, by the footpath, drinking coffee.

Guy Hamilton: Good Luck.

Kumar: Now go, quickly!

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Billy Kwan: Starvation is a great aphrodisiac.

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Kumar: You in old Java now, Boss.

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Billy Kwan: Here, on the quiet page, I am the master.

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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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Pete Curtis: So, Hamilton, you really think Sukarno's going to let the commies have their own little private army?

Guy Hamilton: That's what Aidit says.

Pete Curtis: Aidit's lying.

Guy Hamilton: Maybe.

Pete Curtis: Then why report it?

Guy Hamilton: Maybe he's *not* lying.

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Billy Kwan: Stalin had good Discipline. He killed 10 million.

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Billy Kwan: I created you...!

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Kumar: For my father, I'll play the beggar.

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