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Farewell to the King (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 March 1989 (USA)
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An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told... See full summary »

Director:

John Milius

Writers:

Pierre Schoendoerffer (book), John Milius (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nick Nolte ... Learoyd
Nigel Havers ... Botanist
Frank McRae ... Tenga
Gerry Lopez ... Gwai
Marilyn Tokuda Marilyn Tokuda ... Yoo
Chang Wing Choy Chang Wing Choy ... Lian
Aki Aleong ... Colonel Mitamura
Marius Weyers ... Conklin
William Wise William Wise ... Dynamite Dave
Wayne Pygram ... Bren Armstrong
Richard Morgan Richard Morgan ... Strech Lewis
Elan Oberon Elan Oberon ... Vivienne
James Fox ... Ferguson
Michael Nissman Michael Nissman ... General Sutherland
John Bennett Perry ... General MacArthur
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Storyline

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós al rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Borneo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,420,917
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states: "Borneo. For most of you Borneo doesn't exist - an imaginary name on a map like Tibet or Tierra del Fuego. The ends of the earth. But I know that it exists. I was there . . . .". See more »

Goofs

Just before Lian the Magnificent lands on the fire, his pants are clearly shown to be wet down to protect the stunt performer from being burned. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: THE COAST OF BORNEO - April 1942 / Shortly after the fall of the Philippines the Japanese are triumphant in the Pacific
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Alternate Versions

French video release has two scenes not present in the English one. First, it's when MacArthur gives tobaco to Fairbourne when MacArthur signs the deal. Second one it's a scene between Fairbourne and Mitamura; Mitamura explains his reasons to surrender to Learoy. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »

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Wonderful film
4 February 2004 | by JBAGNASee all my reviews

I love this film! I bought it on DVD recently but when I saw it on TV I was somehow captivated by it. The film captivated me for a number of reasons. Firstly the film in my opinion is based on the exploits of an actual British botanist Major Tom Harrison who did exactly what Nigel Haver's character did in 1945 helping the tribes. He never met a king but from what I read there were striking similarities. Also I like Nigel Havers I think he is a great actor and here he proves that he is just that. He gives the film emotion and has a wonderful presence with his voice especially his last line of the film, wonderful!

I also like the fact that film shows the British and Aussies did a lot of work fighting the Japanese and it wasn't just the Americans. Nick Nolte's character is just about what I'd expect from him gritty, and King like, although it is hard not see the similarities between him and Rambo. James Fox is good too and I'm glad he was in it. The film does have its flaws and the story seems to make it incoherent at times which is its major weakness. Having said that I still think it is one of my favorite World War Two movies.


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