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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Domingo Landicho ...
Hortono
Hermino De Guzman ...
Immigration Officer
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Noel Ferrier ...
Wally O'Sullivan
Paul Sonkkila ...
Kevin Condon
Ali Nur ...
Ali
Dominador Robridillo ...
Betjak Man
Joel Agona ...
Palace Guard
Mike Emperio ...
Sukarno
Bernardo Nacilla ...
Dwarf
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Storyline

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

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A Love Caught In The Fire Of Revolution See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El año que vivimos en peligro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,000, 21 January 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,278,575
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Egerton: The film's Australian shoot Production Supervisor, and First Assistant Director, as an Embassy Aide. 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 »

Quotes

Billy Kwan: Stalin had good Discipline. He killed 10 million.
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Connections

Referenced in This Revolution (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Tall Sally
Words and Music by Little Richard (uncredited), Enotris Johnson (uncredited) and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (uncredited)
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Vee-Jay International Records
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A Truly Beautiful Film See It If You Get The Chance!
7 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The film is wonderfully sensate, alive and filled with exotic beauty and deep passions.

The colors, textures and sound have a dimensionality that draws the viewer right into the scene, the place the time... when it rains, the viewer can feel the rain, when the hero, Guy is being drowned in a dream, the viewer senses the suffocation...

The chemistry between Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver, as young lovers in exciting times, is breath-taking!

But Linda Hunt is the biggest gem in the movie, playing a little man named Billy Kwan. She is incredibly credible in this role. Few female actresses can believably pull-off playing a male character, but Hunt did it so well that, at first, the viewer feels a familiarity with the person playing Billy without realizing he is being played by a woman. When I realized it, I was totally amazed. Hunt is a great actress well-deserving of the Oscar she won for the portrayal.

The film is evocative and enthralling. And so alive, so utterly alive!

_The Year of Living Dangerously_ has and is everything a film should be.


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