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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Series cast summary:
 Katrina Stanton (3 episodes, 1989)
 Hal Stanton (3 episodes, 1989)
 Richard Carlisle (3 episodes, 1989)
Joy Smithers ...
 Mandy Engels (3 episodes, 1989)
Lewis Fiander ...
 James Stanton (3 episodes, 1989)
 Catherine Faulkner (3 episodes, 1989)
Jerome Ehlers ...
 Arkie Ragan (3 episodes, 1989)
 Billy Engels (3 episodes, 1989)
Gerda Nicolson ...
 Lady Faulkner (3 episodes, 1989)
 Kang ('Pretty Warder') (3 episodes, 1989)
 Detective King (3 episodes, 1989)
Tan Chandraviroj ...
 Major Sara (3 episodes, 1989)


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 <>

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Release Date:

9 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Regresso a Banguecoque  »

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Spoofed in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) See more »


Written by Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth
Sung by Mandy and later by her cell-mates
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Certainly the best mini-series ever created.
23 July 1999 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

When I first have seen these Tv-series in Russia, I didn't have an opportunity to see it from the beginning, but I was surprised. It's the best TV-film I have ever seen, and it's Kidman's best performance. KEN Cameron did a great job. So does Grame Revell's fantastic, brilliant score. It grips you so much, you are nervous, it's so WONDERFULLY and realstically acted and directed, you even forget that you're in front of your TV set. By the way, the scenes of Nicole Kidman's redemption were borrowed later by Frank Darabont in his adaptation of Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption". It's such a pity that this movie was not taken too seriously and it passed by too quickly, and at the same time we have ridiculous bad acted features like Titanic. By the way, I managed to buy a video with these series, and I'm so HAPPY!

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