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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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Film debut of Vera Farmiga. See more »

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Sheriff's shirt shows no sign of having a mug of beer splashed on it as he watches the tape. See more »

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Lewis McBride: [crying] I asked myself... would I come back for you? And the only answer is a Godless, empty, evil... no. I'm sorry I wouldn't have come back. I'm sorry.
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In memory of DANNY ARNOLD See more »

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Sonata In F Minor
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Riveting performances; unexpected twists!
12 December 1999 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This well acted, intense drama is worth seeing on two counts:

1) The excellent performances by Lewis (Phoenix) and Beth (Ann Heche)

2) The uncompromising and original plot.

Three young men decide to party in Malaysia, leaving one of them, a Greenpeace activist, behind after two years. He is sentenced to hang for a drug charge; only his two friends who have returned to America can save him.

Not a car chase in sight, but the tension is high. The unexpected, emotion-filled ending is both gratifying and sad. I recommend this film with eight (8) stars.


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