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Beyond Rangoon (1995)

 -  Action | Drama  -  25 August 1995 (USA)
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Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Laura Bowman
U Aung Ko ...
U Aung Ko
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Andy Bowman
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Jeremy Watt
Tiara Jacquelina ...
San San, Hotel Desk Clerk
Kuswadinath Bujang ...
Colonel at Hotel
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Mr. Scott
Jit Murad ...
Sein Htoo
Ye Myint ...
Zaw Win
Cho Cho Myint ...
Zabai
Johnny Cheah ...
Min Han
Haji Mohd Rajoli ...
Karen Father
Azmi Hassan ...
Older Karen Boy
Ahmad Fithi ...
Younger Karen Boy
Adelle Lutz ...
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she is left on her own for a few days, during which time she falls in with students fighting for democracy. She and their leader, U Aung Ko, travel through Burma, whilst witnessing many bloody acts of repression by the dictatorship, in an attempt to escape to Thailand. Based on a true story. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Rated R for depiction of violent political oppression | See all certifications »

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25 August 1995 (USA)  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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£202,343 (UK) (14 July 1995)
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Patricia Arquette's role was originally intended for Meg Ryan. See more »

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U Aung Ko suggests bribing the soldier with 50 kyat - worth about 10 US cents at the time. See more »

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Laura Bowman: The trip was Andy's idea. It was easier to say yes than argue. Always that way with my sister. She meant well. Touch of the exotic east would get me away from all the things that reminded me of what happened. But it didn't. Where ever I looked, I saw only the moment when my life ended.
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An Underrated Film that Has not Aged with Top-Notch Performance of the Gorgeous Patricia Arquette
21 January 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the 90's, the American doctor Laura Bowman (Patricia Arquette) travels to Burma (presently Myanmar) with her sister and also doctor Andy Bowman (Frances McDormand) to recover from the loss of her beloved husband and son that were murdered in a theft at home. Laura sees a political pro-democracy manifestation to support the leader Aung San Suu Kyi and she decides to participate; however she loses her passport and she is not allowed to leave Rangoon.

While waiting to have another flight, Laura meets the unofficial tourist guide U Aung Ko, who is also a leader of an underground movement, and she decides to visit the countryside of Burma. However, the military dictatorship represses the movement and Laura, U Aung Ko and several civilians try to escape to Thailand in a dangerous journey.

"Beyond Rangoon" is an underrated film that has not aged, with top-notch performance of the gorgeous Patricia Arquette, I saw this film twice on VHS in the 90's and it is amazing that the military dictatorship still does exist in this country.

In accordance with the statement of John Boorman in the Extras of the DVD, the dramatic scene when the commander orders to shoot the politician Aung San Suu Kyi did really happen. Aung San Suu Kyi won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and shamefully was only released from house arrest on 13 November 2010. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Muito Além de Rangum" ("Far Beyond Rangoon")


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