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Return to Paradise (1998)

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Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

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Joseph Ruben

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Pierre Jolivet (motion picture Force Majeure), Olivier Schatzky (motion picture Force Majeure) (as O. Schatzky) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Sheriff
Anne Heche ... Beth
Joaquin Phoenix ... Lewis
David Conrad ... Tony
Vera Farmiga ... Kerrie
Nick Sandow ... Ravitch
Jada Pinkett Smith ... M.J.
Ming Lee Ming Lee ... Mr. Chandran
Joel de la Fuente ... Mr. Doramin
Richard Chang ... Prosecutor
James McCauley James McCauley ... Famous Divorce Lawyer (as James Michael McCauley)
Brette Taylor ... Young Woman in Limo (as Brettanya Friese)
Deanna Yusoff Deanna Yusoff ... Woman in Bar
David Zayas ... Construction Foreman
Amy Wong Amy Wong ... Ticket Agent (as Amy Wong)
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Storyline

Three friends share an exciting vacation in Malaysia, full of fun, drinks, women and hash. When the vacation is over, each have dreams of continuing their lives, and they all go their separate ways. One of them (Phoenix) remains on the tropical paradise to fulfill a dream of working with apes for research. Two years later, a lawyer (Heche) comes to New York and hunts down the other two friends to give some sad news. A few days after they left the island, police raided their camp and found amazingly large quantities of hash left about. Phoenix was still residing there, so he had to take the blame. He is set to be put to death in 8 days, and the only way the charges can be decreased is if the two friends come back to paradise and take their share of the responsibilty. If they do, they both will spend three years in prison. If only one does, he will spend six years behind bars... Written by R.P. Falvey

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Give up three years of their lives or give up the life of their friend. They have eight days to decide.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content, some sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Way to Paradise See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,465,129, 16 August 1998

Gross USA:

$8,341,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,341,087
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First and only widely released movie where Anne Heche received above-the-title billing. (She was billed above the title on posters for Six Days Seven Nights (1998), but not in the actual credits of that film.) See more »

Goofs

[Around 55:00] Beth comes to John's home. She gives him a "ZABARS" bag of food. The door is wide open (we clearly see the outside is red and the inside is green) behind Beth. As John takes the bag, the door is suddenly closed, however no one has closed it. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff: You'd take 3 years from me but you wouldn't take my word?
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In memory of DANNY ARNOLD See more »

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Unbelievable
3 February 1999 | by Moovlvr-2See all my reviews

I can't remember the last time a movie affected me this way. I rented this movie over a week ago and I am still seeing Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal in my head. He made this move incredible, his parts were limited, but he stole the show. I was disturbed, upset, depressed and angry after seeing this movie, because I felt such sympathy for his character. This is not a movie for the emotionally unstable, but for the others it is worth watching more than once.


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