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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

David Williamson (screenplay), Peter Weir (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Hunt ... Billy Kwan
Mel Gibson ... Guy Hamilton
Bembol Roco ... Kumar
Domingo Landicho Domingo Landicho ... Hortono
Hermino De Guzman Hermino De Guzman ... Immigration Officer
Michael Murphy ... Pete Curtis
Noel Ferrier Noel Ferrier ... Wally O'Sullivan
Paul Sonkkila ... Kevin Condon
Ali Nur Ali Nur ... Ali
Dominador Robridillo Dominador Robridillo ... Betjak Man
Joel Agona Joel Agona ... Palace Guard
Mike Emperio Mike Emperio ... Sukarno
Bernardo Nacilla Bernardo Nacilla ... Dwarf
Bill Kerr ... Colonel Henderson
Sigourney Weaver ... Jill Bryant
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Storyline

Guy Hamilton is a journalist on his first job as a foreign correspondent. His apparently humdrum assignment to Indonesia soon turns hot as President Sukarno electrifies the populace and frightens foreign powers. Guy soon is the hottest reporter on the story with the help of his photographer, half- Chinese dwarf Billy Kwan, who has gone native. Guy's affair with diplomat Jill Bryant also helps. Eventually Guy must face some major moral choices and the relationship between Billy and him reaches a crisis at the same time the politics of Indonesia does. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines:

A Love Caught In The Fire Of Revolution See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

First major role in a motion picture for Linda Hunt. See more »

Goofs

Note the the black Chevrolet, with left hand drive. Indonesians have generally operated right hand drive, and American cars were widely available in many parts of the world with right hand drive, in that era. Some USA manufacturers e.g. Ford Motor Company, GM, Chrysler did manufacture right hand drive automobiles in Canada for export to left hand traffic nations usually those from the British Commonwealth - in some cases some nations. e.g. Australia, South Africa, Thailand did assemble North American-market automobiles in their respective markets (especially with local content manufacture) where import tariffs are imposed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Kwan: June 25th, 1965. Dossier H-10. Hamilton, Guy. Born 1936 under the sign of Capricorn. Occupation: Journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Service. Jakarta: first assignment as foreign correspondent.
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Connections

Referenced in The Lying Game: Weekend of Living Dangerously (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts of L'enfant
from "Opera Sauvage"
by Vangelis
by arrangement with Spheric B.V./Warner Bros.
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A brilliant exposition of Indonesia circa the 1965 revolution
17 December 1998 | by MaruliSee all my reviews

15 years after its release, I finally get to see what to my knowledge is the only english-speaking film that tells the story of Indonesia circa the 1965 revolution.

A very young Gibson is convincing as the inexperienced but ambitious reported determined to make his mark in telling the story of Sukarno's last moments in power. Equally brilliant is Sigourney Weaver, and yet one feels that this film did not give her the opportunity to show her true calibre.

The one who ultimately steals the show, then, is Linda Hunt, playing the enigmatic and passionate Billy, who understands the true psyche of Indonesia better than any of the other foreign characters in this story.

When Billy solemnly expresses his disappointment to Guy, proclaiming, "I created you", it evoked images of Weir's latest masterpiece, The Truman Show, where Christof has fashioned the persona of Truman Burbank for his TV spectacle. Perhaps a running theme in Peter Weir's work? Must check out...

I marvelled at the authenticity of the setting. It certainly looked like Jakarta. The faces, the atmosphere, the buildings, and yet, those scenes were shot in the Philippines, with mainly Filipino actors! Just goes to show the similarity among Indonesia and the Philippines.

I see now why this film was never made available in Indonesia (to my knowledge). The last few moments of the film show the stark reality of communist executions by Soeharto's new military regime, horrifying pictures of mere pawns being slaughtered... and the parting message from a self-confessed PKI member:"Am I stupid for wanting to change my country's condition?" is one of the best lines in this film.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Year of Living Dangerously See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,000, 23 January 1983

Gross USA:

$10,278,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,278,575
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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