Bangkok Hilton (1989)

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The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a... See full summary »

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 Hal Stanton
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 Richard Carlisle
Joy Smithers ...
 Mandy Engels
Norman Kaye ...
 George McNair
Jerome Ehlers ...
 Arkie Ragan
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 Billy Engels
Gerda Nicolson ...
 Lady Faulkner
Pauline Chan ...
 Kang ('Pretty Warder') (1989)
Lewis Fiander ...
 James Stanton
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 Detective King
Tan Chandraviroj ...
 Major Sara
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 Catherine Faulkner
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John Alansu ...
 Thai Police Sergeant
Vincent Ball ...
 British Attache
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The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a photographer. Kat is tricked into carrying some luggage through Thai customs for Arkie, only for the police to find drugs in his bag. Kat is sentenced to spend time in the horrific "Bangkok Hilton" prison, where she makes friends with fellow inmate Mandy Engels (Smithers), who has been sentenced to death. Whilst she endures the terrible conditions inside, Kat's lawyer Richard Carlisle (Weaving) and ex-patriot Hal Stanton (Elliott) battle with the authorities to have her freed. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Nicole Kidman stars as Katrina, a young Australian woman whose very life is threatened by the deception of a man she loves See more »

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Arguably one of the best Australian TV productions ever
24 September 2005 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

I have just had the luck to see this TV mini again recently. The second viewing just reinforced my impressions from my first viewing a few years ago.

This is Nicole Kidman playing an extraordinary rôle in a great film, before she became another one for the Hollywood heap. Since this film, I have only ever seen her in two better rôles: "The Portrait of a Lady" (qv) and Robert Daldry's astounding masterpiece "The Hours" (qv).

A two-part mini of 90 minutes each, I had to watch the whole three hours in one go: but was not at all tired on either experience. "Bangkok Hilton" does not mess about with unnecessary details, but gets you right into the story from the beginning, especially in the second half which includes those tremendous prison scenes in Thailand's capital, from whence logically the film's title.

Yes, one of Nicole Kidman's earlier works, but one in which you know she was on the road to great things. A few stupidities got in the way - like "Moulin Rouge!" (qv) - but even so, one can now see where she did her spade-work, and "Bangkok Hilton" is one of the best examples.


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