Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she... See full summary »

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John Boorman
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Patricia Arquette ... Laura Bowman
U Aung Ko U Aung Ko ... U Aung Ko
Frances McDormand ... Andy Bowman
Spalding Gray ... Jeremy Watt
Tiara Jacquelina Tiara Jacquelina ... San San - Hotel Desk Clerk
Kuswadinata Kuswadinata ... Colonel at Hotel (as Kuswadinath Bujang)
Victor Slezak ... Mr. Scott
Jit Murad Jit Murad ... Sein Htoo
Ye Myint Ye Myint ... Zaw Win
Cho Cho Myint Cho Cho Myint ... Zabai
Johnny Cheah Johnny Cheah ... Min Han
Haji Mohd Rajoli Haji Mohd Rajoli ... Karen Father
Azmi Hassan Azmi Hassan ... Older Karen Boy
Ahmad Fithi Ahmad Fithi ... Younger Karen Boy
Adelle Lutz ... Aung San Suu Kyi
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Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she is left on her own for a few days, during which time she falls in with students fighting for democracy. She and their leader, U Aung Ko, travel through Burma, whilst witnessing many bloody acts of repression by the dictatorship, in an attempt to escape to Thailand. Based on a true story. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Rated R for depiction of violent political oppression | See all certifications »

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Patricia Arquette's role was originally intended for Meg Ryan. See more »

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U Aung Ko suggests bribing the soldier with 50 kyat - worth about 10 US cents at the time. See more »

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Laura Bowman: The trip was Andy's idea. It was easier to say yes than argue. Always that way with my sister. She meant well. Touch of the exotic east would get me away from all the things that reminded me of what happened. But it didn't. Where ever I looked, I saw only the moment when my life ended.
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Inspiring
13 November 1998 | by QueenMagSee all my reviews

Patricia Arquette plays American doctor Laura Bowman, who takes a holiday to Burma in an attempt to heal her spirit after the murders of her husband and young son. She is left behind in Rangoon during a military crackdown and leaves the city with an aging man who works as a "tour guide." But he is no simple tour guide; he is a professor who introduces her to the life outside of the tourist traps ... the two of them get caught up in the political upheaval and Laura sees with her own eyes how the government betrays and oppresses its own people.

This movie is one of my favorites because of its themes. First, it's informational (describing some of the injustices that are occurring in Burma). Secondly, it's about a woman's struggle to find meaning in life after an incredible loss. Thirdly, it's about compassion and sacrifice, and people coming together - without even knowing each other - to endure pain and fear.

Just about every beautiful scene in this movie is important; nothing is wasted here. It's an earnest and moving film. There is also a very emotional score composed by Hans Zimmer which complements scenes nicely.

A definite recommend, especially to people concerned with human rights ... and people who want to know, "What purpose can I serve?"


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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Rangoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,007,527, 27 August 1995

Gross USA:

$5,750,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,750,110
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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