Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German ... See full summary »

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Mark Peploe

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Joseph Conrad (novel), Mark Peploe (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Axel Heyst
Sam Neill ... Mr. Jones
Irène Jacob ... Alma
Rufus Sewell ... Martin Ricardo
Jean Yanne ... Mr. Schomberg
Ho Yi Ho Yi ... Wang
Bill Paterson ... Capt. Davidson
Irm Hermann ... Mrs. Schomberg
Graziano Marcelli Graziano Marcelli ... Pedro
Hansi Jochmann ... Mrs. Zangiacomo
Simon Callow ... Zangiacomo
Michael Lee Michael Lee ... Chinese Gentleman
Leonard Maguire Leonard Maguire ... Old Trader McNab
Didi Saad Didi Saad ... Wang's Wife
Topan Setiadji Topan Setiadji ... Young Chinese Houseboy
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Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German Schomberg. An all-woman orchestra plays in the hotel each night, and orchestra owner, San Giacomo agrees to "sell" one of the girls, Alma, to Schomberg. She asks Heyst to save her from the villains and they escape to his island and live there with native servant Wang. Schomberg points sinister Mr. Jones and his two fellow bandits to that island, saying that the fortune lies ahead of them there. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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The cast includes 3 actors who played King Charles the II of England: Sam Neill, who starred in "Restoration", Rufus Sewell, who played the king in the mini-series "Charles II: The Power & the Passion" and Simon Callow, who played the king in "England, My England". See more »

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Capt. Davidson: [narrating] There was an island called Samburu, and a man called Axelhouse. Nobody had actually seen him for over 2 years, although, we all knew he was there. Alone in the Java Sea with the ruins of his Tropical Belt coal company. Heyst the business man, Heyst the dreamer, had turned into Heyst the hermit
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very good.
21 January 2004 | by adelmastrosmithSee all my reviews

What I liked the most about this movie is that it was subtle. Nothing was pushed too far, the realistic acting and minimal melodrama made this movie very plausible, watchable and actually made you more in tune to the story, setting and characters in their feelings, where as some movies pour it on too much.


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Release Date:

31 July 1997 (Germany) See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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