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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Pierre Schoendoerffer (book)
John Milius (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.
Plot:
An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the greatest movies ever. See more (28 total) »

Cast

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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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Hui Se'e Nalu .... thanks
 

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117 min | Argentina:115 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Just before Lian the Magnificent lands on the fire, his pants are clearly shown to be wet down to protect the stunt performer from being burned.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Dinosaur Island (1994)See more »

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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest movies ever., 5 February 2004
Author: Lornsorrow from Palmdale, Ca

Farewell to the King is one of the greatest war movies, and simply one of the greatest movies ever. I've seen and own dozens of WWII movies and this is one of the best. The story unfolds in a grand sweeping fashion reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia, even Lost Horizon. At the same time it manages to capture a reality of life and loss that rarely sees the light of day on film or anywhere else for that matter.

It's great to see so many people here at IMDb and elsewhere have so much good to say about this film. Nick Nolte is fantastic as the soldier turned king and turns in one of his strongest performances ever. The film is breathtaking, the acting, story, and music is top notch. It's a gripping film, very necessary and old school/Hollywood in a time filled with dime a dozen action hero types.

Perhaps where some of the few critics get thrown is by the near fantasy nature of the story. If they would follow through with the stories presentation, intent, and the directors molding (done wonderfully by John Milius), they could find in fact that it works great on every level. It starts with a romanticized viewpoint of war and the "Flare of our youth" that many soldiers could look back on, to descend into the depths of hell and the realities of war that all should remember and none should forget. All of this of course is presented in a grand old tale container. The container has of that nature and large enough to hold some of the narrative information and striking, barbaric realities that the film so accurately presents, along side the beauty and normalities of what people could have in life. It's not easy to portray a vision of hell and a vision of Shangri-la (of sorts) in the same picture. This film is saying a great deal on many levels. One thing is that real freedom and a real Shangri-la is worth fighting for. Yet it's also one of the few films to even dare begin to unfold the true nature of how barbaric the Pacific War was. After years of studying the Pacific War, I can tell you that as well done as this movie is, it only skims the surface. But what a picture it gives.

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