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Return to Paradise (1998)

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

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Ravitch
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Ming Lee ...
Mr. Chandran
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Mr. Doramin
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Famous Divorce Lawyer (as James Michael McCauley)
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Young Woman in Limo (as Brettanya Friese)
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Three friends share an exciting vacation in Malaysia, full of fun, drinks, women and hash. When the vacation is over, each have dreams of continuing their lives, and they all go their separate ways. One of them (Phoenix) remains on the tropical paradise to fulfill a dream of working with apes for research. Two years later, a lawyer (Heche) comes to New York and hunts down the other two friends to give some sad news. A few days after they left the island, police raided their camp and found amazingly large quantities of hash left about. Phoenix was still residing there, so he had to take the blame. He is set to be put to death in 8 days, and the only way the charges can be decreased is if the two friends come back to paradise and take their share of the responsibilty. If they do, they both will spend three years in prison. If only one does, he will spend six years behind bars... Written by R.P. Falvey

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Give up three years of their lives or give up the life of their friend. They have eight days to decide.


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Rated R for language, drug content, some sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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A Long Way to Paradise  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,465,129 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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$8,288,513 (USA) (25 September 1998)
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Cuba Gooding Jr. turned down the role of Tony the architect. See more »

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Long opening series of street scenes, local "color", was obviously filmed in Buddhist Thailand, complete with saffron-robed monks and red-green-gold Thai temples - Malaysia (population has 30 % non-Muslim minorities) doesn't have go-go bars or obvious brothels unlike Thailand). See more »

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Sheriff: Should I beware of lawyers bearing gifts?
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In memory of DANNY ARNOLD See more »

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Features Bates Motel (1987) See more »

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Sonata In F Minor
Written by Domenico Scarletti
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This film is a poignant...
5 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a poignant tale about moral decisions and the value of a single life - testing the ethic fiber of two men. This movie makes you pause and ask yourself if -you- would make the right decision, if -you- were strong enough to make such a sacrifice. The movie doesn't immediately assume that all people are good and morally sound, would give up themselves for the good of another. It introduces the character Sheriff (captivatingly portrayed by Vince Vaughn), a man who doesn't immediately jump at the chance to save a friend. The movie shows a truer side of man that many would prefer to ignore the callous self-serving side that still exists in all people. Sheriff must overcome himself, his own personal flaws to make a decision to give up years of his own life to save another. The man with his head literally on the chopping block, Lewis, is played by Joaquin Phoenix a brilliant actor who has finally had the chance to show his amazing talent. The film is an intense ride that leaves viewers in tears but enlightened. Not a feel-goof film for the faint of heart but an eye-opening lesson for the morally lost. Possibly my all-time favorite film.


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