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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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Tony Croft
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Kerrie
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Ravitch
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Ming Lee ...
Mr. Chandran
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Mr. Doramin
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Prosecutor
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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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Woman in Bar
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Construction Foreman
Amy Wong ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Long Way to Paradise  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,465,129, 16 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,288,513, 27 September 1998
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Cuba Gooding Jr. turned down the role of Tony the architect. See more »

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Beth has an additional ring once they leave New York. See more »

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Beth: I'm not the best, but I am the most persistent.
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In memory of DANNY ARNOLD See more »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Sonata In F Minor
Written by Domenico Scarletti
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Fantastic film, a classic
4 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

If you're into teenage jock movies or action-packed explosion movies then look away. This is an intelligent drama that will have your mind working without time for a break. Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Lewis goes from superb to breathtaking as the movie progresses. A number of twists and turns along the span of the movie makes it hard if not impossible to predict who will decide to do what next. Without wanting to give too much away, the tragic ending is directed without fault, leaving this a gut-wrenching masterpiece which will probably never get the credit it truly deserves.


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