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The Year of Living Dangerously ()


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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.

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Billy Kwan
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Guy Hamilton
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Kumar
Domingo Landicho ...
Hortono
Hermino De Guzman ...
Immigration Officer
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Pete Curtis
Noel Ferrier ...
Wally O'Sullivan
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Kevin Condon
Ali Nur ...
Ali
Dominador Robridillo ...
Betjak Man
Joel Agona ...
Palace Guard
Mike Emperio ...
Sukarno
Bernardo Nacilla ...
Dwarf
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Colonel Henderson
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Jill Bryant
Coco Marantha ...
Pool Waiter
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Tiger Lily
Norma Uatuhan ...
Ibu
Lito Tolentino ...
Udin
Cecily Polson ...
Moira
David Oyang ...
Hadji
Mark Egerton ...
Embassy Aide
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Naval Officer
Pudji Waseso ...
Officer in Cafe
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Security Man No. 1
Mario Layco ...
Security Man No. 2
Jabo Djohansjan ...
Doctor
Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo ...
Roadblock Soldier (as Agus Widjaja)
Chris Quivak ...
Airport Official

Directed by

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Peter Weir

Written by

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David Williamson ... (screenplay) &
Peter Weir ... (screenplay) &
C.J. Koch ... (screenplay)
 
C.J. Koch ... (novel)
 
Alan Sharp ... (additional material) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jim McElroy ... producer (as James McElroy)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Russell Boyd ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William M. Anderson ... (as William Anderson)

Editorial Department

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Margaret Cardin ... negative matcher: Australia (as Maggie Cardin)
Jeanine Chiavlo ... associate editor: Australia (as Jeanine Chialvo)
Peter Erskine ... assistant editor: Australia
Karen Foster ... assistant editor: Australia
Bill Gooley ... laboratory liaison: Australia
Toto Natividad ... assistant editor: Philippines (as Federico Natividad)
Lee Smith ... associate editor: Australia

Art Direction by

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Herbert Pinter

Costume Design by

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Terry Ryan

Makeup Department

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Judy Lovell ... makeup artist: Australia / special effects makeup artist: Australia
Bob McCarron ... special effects makeup artist: Australia
Cheryl Williams ... hair stylist: Australia

Production Management

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Joe Constantino ... assistant production manager: Philippines
Mark Egerton ... production supervisor: Australia
Murray Francis ... unit manager: Australia
Tim Sanders ... production manager: Australia
John Hollands ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jose Angeles ... assistant director: Philippines
Wayne Barry ... first assistant director: Philippines
Michael Bourchier ... third assistant director: Australia
Mark Egerton ... first assistant director: Australia
Ulysses Formanez ... assistant director: Philippines
Ken Richardson ... assistant director: Philippines
Chris Webb ... second assistant director: Australia
Robert Woolcott ... assistant director: Philippines

Art Department

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Francisco Balangue ... construction foreman: Philippines
Anni Browning ... assistant art director
Sally Campbell ... prop buyer: Australia / set dresser: Australia
Michael Chorney ... scenic artist: Australia
Dominador Dela Cruz ... head carpenter: Philippines
Alan Dunstan ... art department assistant: Australia
Hugh Hamilton ... carpenter: Australia
Billy Malcolm ... scenic artist: Australia
Jenny Miles ... assistant stand-by props: Australia
Clark Munro ... stand-by props: Australia
Ramon Nicdao ... assistant art director: Philippines
Gambino Payawal ... assistant construction foreman: Philippines (as Gavino Payawal)
Paddy Reardon ... prop buyer: Australia / set dresser: Australia
Geoffrey Spence ... carpenter: Australia
Marta Statescu ... prop buyer: Australia / set dresser: Australia
Wendy Stites ... design coordinator (as Wendy Weir)
Ron Sutherland ... carpenter: Australia
Peter Templeton ... construction manager: Australia
Paul Vosilianis ... carpenter: Australia
Stewart Way ... prop buyer: Australia / set dresser: Australia
Derek Wyness ... carpenter: Australia (as Derek Wynness)

Sound Department

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Peter Fenton ... dialogue mixer: Australia
Phil Heywood ... sound effects mixer: Australia
Louise Innes ... assistant sound editor: Australia
Robin Judge ... assistant sound editor: Australia
Spencer Lee ... sound engineer: Australia
Ron Purvis ... recording supervisor: Australia
Andrew Steuart ... sound editor: Australia
Mark J. Wasiutak ... boom operator: Australia (as Mark Wasiutak)
Gary Wilkins ... sound recordist: Australia

Special Effects by

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Danny Dominguez ... special effects: Philippines

Visual Effects by

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Roger Cowland ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Peter West ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Brian Bansgrove ... gaffer: Australia
Nixon Binney ... camera operator: Australia
Ray Brown ... key grip: Australia
Colin Chase ... electrician: Australia
Geordie Dryden ... assistant grip: Australia
Paul Gantner ... best boy: Australia
Stuart Green ... assistant grip: Australia
Peter Menzies Jr. ... focus puller: Australia
Paul Moyes ... electrician: Australia
John Seale ... photographer: second unit
Jim Townley ... still photographer: Australia
Geoffrey Wharton ... clapper loader: Australia (as Geoff Wharton)

Casting Department

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Alison Barrett ... casting: Australia
Jo Hardie ... extras casting: Australia
Precy Iniego ... casting: Philippines
Penseroso Libre ... casting: Philippines
Sue Parker ... extras casting: Australia
Monica Swann ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ramon Alonzo ... wardrobe: Philippines
Jenni Bolton ... wardrobe mistress: Australia
Vicente Cabrera ... wardrobe: Philippines (as Vic Cabrera)
Phil Eagles ... stand-by wardrobe: Australia
Gina Garcia ... wardrobe: Philippines
Anthony Jones ... costume supervisor: Australia
Roger Monk ... stand-by wardrobe: Australia

Location Management

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Jessie Cuneta ... location manager: Philippines (as Jesse Cuneta)
John Wiggins ... location manager: Australia

Music Department

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Gethin Creagh ... music mixer: Australia
Sven Libaek ... music coordinator: Australia
Andrew Thomas Wilson ... synthesizer programmer: Australia

Transportation Department

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Pablo Mercado Sr. ... transportation manager: Philippines

Other crew

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Sandra Alexander ... production assistant: Australia
Joe Alonsabe ... accountant: Philippines
Sally Blaxland ... production secretary: Philippines
Fran Burke ... title designer: Australia
Celso Al. Carunungan ... production consultant: Philippines
Elaine Crowther ... production accountant: Australia
Carolynne Cunningham ... production coordinator: Australia
Jaime de la Rosa ... production liaison: Philippines (as Jaime Dela Rosa)
John Faithful ... caterer: Australia
Sue Faithful ... caterer: Australia
John Hargreaves ... MGM representitive: Australia
Lynda House ... production secretary: Australia
Moya Iceton ... assistant to director: Australia / continuity: Australia
Lope V. Juban Jr. ... production coordinator: Philippines
Agnes Marajas ... production secretary: Philippines
Monica Pellizzari ... production assistant: Australia
Wilma Schinella ... assistant to producer: Australia
Babette Smith ... unit publicist: Australia
Pudji Waseso ... technical advisor: Australia
Mike Wilcox ... business manager: Australia
Andrew Thomas Wilson ... synthesizer programmer: Australia

Thanks

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Richard Woolcott ... acknowledgment
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines A Love Caught In The Fire Of Revolution See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • L'année de tous les dangers (France)
  • Ein Jahr in der Hölle (Germany)
  • El año que vivimos peligrosamente (Spain)
  • Επικίνδυνα χρόνια (Greece)
  • Год, опасный для жизни (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Budget $13,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Peter Weir cast Linda Hunt in the role of Billy Kwan after failing to find an actor who could play the part in the way he wanted. See more »
Goofs Billy's still camera is a Nikon F2 Photomic, which was not released until 1971, while the film takes place in 1965. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Peter Weir Industry Seminar 1989 (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Beim Schlafengehen See more »
Quotes Billy Kwan: What then must we do? We must give with love to whoever God has placed in our path.
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