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Farewell to the King -- During WWII, an Army deserter becomes the leader of a tribe in Borneo. His goal: to protect his people from the atrocities of the Japanese and the lies of the British.
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Writers (WGA):
Pierre Schoendoerffer (book)
John Milius (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 1989 (USA) See more »
In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.
An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nigel Havers ... Botanist

Frank McRae ... Tenga

Gerry Lopez ... Gwai

Nick Nolte ... Learoyd
Marilyn Tokuda ... Yoo
Choy Chang Wing ... Lian

Aki Aleong ... Colonel Mitamura

Marius Weyers ... Conklin
William Wise ... Dynamite Dave

Wayne Pygram ... Bren Armstrong
Richard Morgan ... Strech Lewis
Elan Oberon ... Vivienne

James Fox ... Ferguson
Michael Nissman ... General Sutherland

John Bennett Perry ... General MacArthur

Directed by
John Milius 
Writing credits
Pierre Schoendoerffer (book)

John Milius (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles Hannah .... co-producer
Gopala Krishnan .... co-producer
Ralph Marshall .... co-producer
Andre Morgan .... producer (as André Morgan)
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Dean Semler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Gil Parrondo 
Art Direction by
Bernard Hides 
Set Decoration by
Bernard Hides 
Costume Design by
David Rowe 
Makeup Department
Angela Conte .... assistant makeup artist
Paul Pattison .... hairdresser
José Luis Pérez .... makeup artist (as Jose Perez)
Sivagami Radha .... assistant makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist: Mr. Nolte
Dona Drury Wee .... assistant makeup artist
Christina Wong .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Dajai Anggie .... unit manager
Colleen Clarke .... production manager
Ho Eek Kee .... location production manager
Robert Malong .... unit manager
Elliot Schick .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Anwardi Jamil .... third assistant director
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Julian Wall .... second assistant director
Art Department
Virginia Bieneman .... set dresser
Tan Hong Choon .... assistant prop maker
Julian Crane .... art department runner
John Daniell .... standby propman
David Duffin .... painter
Alan Fleming .... construction manager
Graeme Galloway .... assistant scenic artist
Edwin L. Garet .... assistant set dresser
Alby Hastings .... assistant prop maker
Charles Kandasamy .... art department assistant
Sim Hiok Kheng .... construction supervisor
Tan Siaw Ling .... assistant standby props
Ibrahim Mansor .... painter
Leo Augustine Mathew .... assistant set dresser
John Ng .... art department assistant
Ray Pedler .... scenic artist
Djwes Rejop .... assistant standby props
Daniel Rutnam .... assistant props
Goh Tian Tuan .... painter
Walter van Veenendal .... prop maker
Ricky Yap .... art department runner
Tal Wallace .... assistant construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (as James A. Borgardt)
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Don Connolly .... sound (as Donald Connolly)
Melinda Cooke .... apprentice sound editor
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor
Carlos Delarios .... effects mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor (as Dino DiMuro)
Jack Dronsky .... assistant sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Andy Duncan .... boom operator (as Andrew Duncan)
Dan Engstrom .... assistant sound editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Bruce Foster .... assistant sound editor
Richard Friedman .... supervising adr editor (as Dick Friedman)
Mark Gordon .... sound editor
William Hartman .... sound editor
David M. Ice .... sound editor
David Jansen .... assistant sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... sound editor
Michael J. Kohut .... dialogue mixer
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Howard Neiman .... sound editor (as Howard S.M. Neiman)
Steven Ramirez .... sound editor
John Shouse .... sound editor
Mary Ruth Smith .... sound editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Don S. Walden .... sound editor (as Dan S. Walden)
David Williams .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Michael Clifford .... special effects technician (as Mike Clifford)
Steve Courtley .... special effects
Patrick Fitzgerald .... special effects assistant
Gene Grigg .... special effects coordinator
John Modder .... special effects assistant
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects (as Conrad Rothman)
Bohdan Wenger .... special effects
Danny Baldwin .... stunts
Kenny Bradshaw .... special water unit stunts
Roger Erickson .... special water unit stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Nick Nolte
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Guy Norris .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Suhaimi Ahmad .... cable man
Dean Bryan .... best boy
Colin Deane .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Edlund .... director of photography: special water unit, Waimea Bay, Hawaii
Tex Foote .... generator operator
Laurie Kirkwood .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wolfgang Knochell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lee Shui Koon .... electrician
Andrew Lesnie .... director of photography: second unit
Kevan Lind .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Kevin Lind)
Ian McAlpine .... grip
Sean McClory .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Irvine G. McLaughlin .... key grip (as Irvine McLaughlin)
John Morton .... gaffer
Pat Nash .... grip
Roland Neveu .... special photographer
Hoo Ee Oo .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Chua Kay Peng .... electrician
Joshna Puasa .... grip
Danny Ruhlmann .... camera clapper loader: second unit
Dean Semler .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mohan Sethulingam .... electrician
Augustine Syawie .... grip
Muyana Tokona .... grip
Hugh van Es .... still photographer
T. Viswalingam .... grip: second unit
Casting Department
Mary Atang .... extras casting assistant
Zainuring Mohammad .... extras casting assistant
Albert Ong .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Ch'ng .... wardrobe assistant
Webley Janang .... wardrobe assistant
Marina Jenta .... wardrobe assistant
Surinder Kaur .... wardrobe assistant
Diana Khoo .... seamstress
Heather Laurie .... standby wardrobe
Steward Palok .... wardrobe assistant
Zaiton Sallah .... wardrobe assistant
John Shea .... standby wardrobe
Kerry Thompson .... wardrobe supervisor
Larry Wong .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
David Barrett .... apprentice editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Sam Citron .... assistant editor (as Sam B. Citron)
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
David Jimenez .... assistant editor
Abdul Rahim .... apprentice editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Derek Trigg .... assistant editor
Craig Weintraub .... assistant editor
John W. Wheeler .... supervising editor
Bin Zainal .... apprentice editor
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Basil Poledouris .... orchestrator
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording engineer
Tom Villano .... music editor
Aaron Rochin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rajandran Govindasamy .... transportation captain
Peter Simon .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
David L. Aaron .... title designer
Peter Aston .... model aircraft engineer
Peter Aston .... model aircraft supervisor
Robert Asun .... advisor: dyak customs
Elizabeth S. Barton .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Barton)
Harris Bierman .... armorer
Leonard Brady .... assistant to John Milius
Steve Burgess .... model aircraft pilot
Peter Chia .... location laison
Siew Chee Chong .... assistant auditor
James Collinson .... office runner
Adrian Cornelius .... set production assistant
Bill Cross .... assistant to Nick Nolte (as Billy Cross)
Webley Janang David .... office runner
Boniface Dino .... assistant armourer
Sukumaran Gopal .... set production assistant
KPL Hamid .... assistant armourer
Don Henry .... production auditor
Ernest Ho .... caterer
Fumio Kawashima .... advisor: Japanese military
Richard Lee .... set production assistant
Diana Leong .... cine locations secretary
Janet Lim .... set nurse
Sarah Lucraft .... assistant accountant
Bonnie Macker .... assistant to John Milius
Wilfred Gomez Malong .... advisor: dyak customs
Clare McClelland .... Sydney liaison
Anthony Muthu .... security advisor
Adele Nadel .... assistant to Andre Moran & Al Ruddy
Michael Nanyu .... assistant armourer
Edgar Ong .... location liaison
Julie Plummer .... production coordinator
Leo Poxon .... runner: Los Angeles
Eddy Rothman .... location manager: special water unit, Waimea Bay, Hawaii
CFN Samsuddin .... assistant armourer
Squiddy Sanchez .... location manager: special water unit, Waimea Bay, Hawaii
Anne Semler .... choreographer
Sainuddin Shafiee .... set production assistant
Jagish Singh .... location manager
Betty Tew .... cine locations secretary
Lawrence Thay .... office runner
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... assistant to Elliot Schick (as Merie Weismiller)
Robert Werden .... unit publicist (as Bob Werden)
Agnes Wong .... set nurse
Cathy Yeap .... assistant auditor
Edgar Ong .... location manager (uncredited)
Hui Se'e Nalu .... thanks

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117 min | Argentina:115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2012) | USA:PG-13 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #28820)
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Did You Know?

The character of Capt. Fairbourne is loosely based on Maj. Tom Harrisson, commander of Semut 1, Z Force. During WWII, Harrisson parachuted into north Borneo and organized the hill tribes to resist the Japanese occupation troops.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Lian the Magnificent's lips don't match his words.See more »
[first lines]
Learoyd:[coming ashore] He's dead. He's dead.
Sgt. Conklin:Lights! It's a village.
Learoyd:No, no. That's Japanese.
Sgt. Conklin:There's no choice!
Learoyd:No, I've had enough. Bataan. Corregidor. You were wrong! We're free now. We're free. Free to go our own ways.
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Edited into Dinosaur Island (1994)See more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
a stirring and sentimental adventure in the grand tradition, 16 July 2000
Author: drmality

This is one of the best films of the 80's yet it is criminally overlooked. Released in an era when Rambo was king, it seems many people just didn't get the film's messages of loyalty, redemption and personal integrity. In other words, it is a true adventure and not just a bang-bang action flick. The kind of movie we need to see more of. Nick Nolte has never been one of my favorite actors but he shines as the gruff King Learoyd. Learoyd is a man of action on the surface but he has been running from conflict his whole life. When he sees that the justice of our "real world" is perverted beyond hope, he retreats to the more honorable world of primitive, uncorrupted Borneo.Eventually, the real world intrudes in the form of World War 2. As The Botanist tells him, "you can no longer avoid history". Learoyd replies, "The world's so full of crap that you're bound to step in it someday. Is that what you call history?" Finally, Learoyd can no longer hide and the war hits him with its full fury. He is shattered by loss yet not unbeaten.He retains his integrity and transcends to non-violence. In one of the film's most emotional scenes, he accepts the surrender of the Japanese Colonel who has tormented him with grace and understanding, leading to the Colonel's own redemption. This is a gorgeous film. full of breathtaking scenery and well-conceived action. The performances are all top-notch, especially Nigel Havers as The Botanist. Why is Havers seen so little?He seems to be an actor of depth and talent. I also enjoyed the character of Tenga, who brought some welcome humor to the movie. Farewell to the King can be accused of being too sentimental and I can't disagree. There are worse things to have in a movie than sentiment, though. I hope this film achieves some of the recognition it is due. It is certainly John Milius' best.

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