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Farewell to the King (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 March 1989 (USA)
An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told... See full summary »

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An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Adiós al rey  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,420,917 (USA)
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In February 1989, the film's writer-director John Milius said: "Orion isn't behind it. They don't think it is going to be big at the box office. You put all the sweat and blood you can into it, and the outcome is whatever happens" and "In a way - I don't know why - I guess this film is more heartfelt than anything I've done since Big Wednesday (1978) . . . the producers, Al Ruddy [Albert S. Ruddy[ and Andre Morgan, who are friends of mine now, were lied to by Orion executives. They did a very careful divide-and-conquer and turned us against each other. They [Albert S. Ruddy and Andre Morgan] would love to re-cut it the way I wanted . . . We'd all love to re-cut that movie and re-release it". See more »

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According to Learoyd's narration, he kills Lian the Magnificent by striking him "in the heart," but the scene clearly shows him stabbing Lian in the lower side of his abdomen. See more »

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Title Card: THE COAST OF BORNEO - April 1942 / Shortly after the fall of the Philippines the Japanese are triumphant in the Pacific
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A gripping, thought-provoking, action adventure
19 August 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Nick Nolte stars as the enigmatic hero of this little-known but highly interesting film. Basically at war with himself, Nolte evolves from Army deserter to a genuine jungle king.

He's an interesting actor, and never more so than in this movie, which is set in Borneo during World War II. It might just as easily been set in a Montagnard village during the Vietnam War.

This off-beat, under-rated movie is more of a psychological study than a mindless, run-of-the-mill action flick. This movie has a lot more depth and heart than that.

The locations are beautiful, the musical score is outstanding, and, as in most John Milius films, the uniforms, weapons, and other goodies are faithfully and accurately depicted with wonderful detail.

This is a thinking man's "war movie". If you enjoyed "The Man Who Would Be King", you will very likely enjoy this film, too.

If you can find it on video, snap it up fast!


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