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The Place of the Dead (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  18 January 1997 (UK)
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A group of soldiers on a British Army expedition attempt to navigate an unexplored Malaysian gully. So inaccessible is the area, that they must ascend the highest mountain in Southeast Asia... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Corporal Hugh Brittan
Lt Colonel Robert Neill
Lance Corporal Richard Mayfield
John McArdle ...
Major Ron Foster
Sgt Bob Mann
David Nellist ...
Lance Corporal Steve Page
Lance Corporal Peter Shearer
Craig Shai Hee ...
Lance Corporal Yiu Keung 'Kevin' Cheung
Augustine Lau ...
Private Wai Keung
Raymond Ong ...
Private Lam Wai Kee
Chairman of the Inquiry
Anna Bolt ...
John Alansu ...
Park Ranger
Sue Collie ...
Kathryn's Mother
Dane Carson ...
Major Carlsen


A group of soldiers on a British Army expedition attempt to navigate an unexplored Malaysian gully. So inaccessible is the area, that they must ascend the highest mountain in Southeast Asia just to reach the entrance. The initial climb proves to be difficult for some of the party. Against strong objections, they are allowed to catch up and rest, rather than being turned back. Things don't improve the next day, however. With rations going more quickly than expected and time running out, a decision must be made. Should the lead group wait even longer and risk the entire mission, or save time by scouting the location ahead of them? Descending over "The Point Of No Return" could split the team permanently. Who makes the call? Written by Necturus

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18 January 1997 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Expedition in die Geisterschlucht  »

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[first lines]
Chairman of the Inquiry: [bangs gavel] Bring them in, Private.
Private: Sir!
[soldiers enter]
Chairman of the Inquiry: Thank you gentlemen. I think we can now begin.
[Neill approaches]
Chairman of the Inquiry: Pick up the Bible and read aloud the oath.
LCpl. Robert Neill: I swear that the evidence I shall give before this court will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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Referenced in Network First: Return to the Place of the Dead (1997) See more »


A Room Full Of Nothing
Written by Terry Hall and Damon Albarn
Performed by Terry Hall
Published by EMI Music Publishers and MCA Music
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Mountain Climb Gone Bad
27 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Place Of The Dead is based on a true story about a group of British soldiers along with three Hong Kong soldiers who in 1994 go on an expedition to attempt to climb Mt. Kinabalu in S.E. Asia and then go Low's Gully in Malaysia, a place where others have tried and failed.

Everything was planned, rations doubled up, and off they go. Lt. Colonel Robert Neill(played wonderfully by Simon Dutton) wants everyone call each other by their first names, he wants to make it a more "casual" environment and treat each other like buddies.

Things go wrong, food is running out, miscommunication,insubordination, some of the men are beginning to think Neill is crazy and obsessed with the expedition.

Neill and Mayfield(a great portrayal by Dougray Scott)lock horns. They decide to split into two groups and Neill tells Mayfield to wait for him no matter what. Mayfield said he'll wait until morning. That's not what Neill told him.

When the groups split up, Mayfield's men wait for Neill's team for a while. He did not listen to his superior's orders. He leaves a note and continues on with his men. When Neill's team finally climbs down, they find the note and know they are one their own, one of Neill's men is very weak and on the verge of death.

Great acting by Simon Dutton, Dougray Scott, Dane Carson, and Greg Wise.

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