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Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

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Daniel York ...
Hustler
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon ...
Hotel Receptionist
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Étienne
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Somboon Phutaroth ...
Cleaning Woman
Weeratham 'Norman' Wichairaksakui ...
Detective
Jak Boon ...
Travel Agent
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Zeph
Jerry Swindall ...
Sammy
Krongthong Thampradith ...
Woman with Key
Apichart Chusakul ...
Senior Farmer (as Abhijati 'Muek' Jusakul)
Sanya 'Gai' Cheunjit ...
Farmer
Kaneung 'Nueng' Kenia ...
Farmer
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Storyline

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. Written by Mike Arndt <clayton@hooked.net>

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Somewhere on this planet it must exist. See more »


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

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11 February 2000 (USA)  »

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La playa  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,418,321 (UK) (11 February 2000)

Gross:

$39,778,599 (USA) (5 May 2000)
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Despite a 10 minute cameo in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), this was Leonardo DiCaprio's first film in two years. See more »

Goofs

When Richard, Etienne and Francoise are swimming towards the island and Etienne and Francoise pull a prank on Richard. You can see when Francoise plays the "shark" approaching Richard, when his wet padded hair stands up once then he pulls his hair back, but as his hair gets wet again it shows his hair up without him pulling his hair back, then his hair wet and down after his hair appeared to be standing. See more »

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Richard: My name is Richard. So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I'm from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit, something more dangerous. So after eighteen hours in the back of an airplane, three dumb movies, two plastic meals, six beers and absolutely no sleep, I finally touch down; in Bangkok.
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Features Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Lonely Soul
Written by Richard Ashcroft, Wil Malone and DJ Shadow (as J. Davis)
Performed and Produced by Unkle (as UNKLE)
Courtesy of Mo'Wax Recordings / A&M Records Ltd. London
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Pretty good, despite all the bad reviews I've read
4 June 2000 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I went to this one, knowing that it could be crap, but hey, I do not care what others think and once again this way of thinking did not prove me wrong.

This flick is basically about a young twenty who goes away on a trip to Thailand by himself, because he wants to forget his past. There he meets a loony (Robert Carlyle) who gives him a map to a secret paradise. He asks two strangers, Françoise (Virginie Ledoyen who was really great in her first big American Film and good looking too by the way) and Etienne (Guillaume Canet) to come and join them.

After they have found the island they meet an alternative group who lives there and they join them, but after a while problems evolve and a minor 'hell' breaks loose.

This is the plain story-line of the movie, but there is so much more to it, it has a message and that really is what fascinated me a lot in the beginning and at the end. There was a good story there, but the way it was brought over, never really losing the actual message out of sight. Now believe me the direction, the soundtrack and the cast are good. There also is a bit gore, but it fits good in the movie and is not unnecessary.

Yet this film is not flawless, it was good entertainment over all, yes and it was very good in the beginning and in the end, but in the middle when Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) loses it, so does the film and that is a shame. It is just too weird, too long and too incomprehensible (in the sense that the viewer himself doesn't know if it is real or not). It could have been so much better, but I guess it had to be.

NO MUST SEE BUT DEFINATELY WORTH A TRIP TO THE VIDEOSTORE OR TO THE CINEMA AT A DISCOUNT!!!!!!!!

7 out of 10

P.S. Don't agree?????, sue me!!!!!!!!!!! or mail me (see above)


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