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Beyond Rangoon (1995)

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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... See full summary »

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John Boorman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Adelle Lutz ... Aung San Suu Kyi
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Storyline

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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Truth has a witness


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Some of the women are wearing men's longyi (skirts). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Featured in Looking Beyond Rangoon: Truth Has a Witness (2009) See more »

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An Underrated Film that Has not Aged with Top-Notch Performance of the Gorgeous Patricia Arquette
21 January 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 90's, the American doctor Laura Bowman (Patricia Arquette) travels to Burma (presently Myanmar) with her sister and also doctor Andy Bowman (Frances McDormand) to recover from the loss of her beloved husband and son that were murdered in a theft at home. Laura sees a political pro-democracy manifestation to support the leader Aung San Suu Kyi and she decides to participate; however she loses her passport and she is not allowed to leave Rangoon.

While waiting to have another flight, Laura meets the unofficial tourist guide U Aung Ko, who is also a leader of an underground movement, and she decides to visit the countryside of Burma. However, the military dictatorship represses the movement and Laura, U Aung Ko and several civilians try to escape to Thailand in a dangerous journey.

"Beyond Rangoon" is an underrated film that has not aged, with top-notch performance of the gorgeous Patricia Arquette, I saw this film twice on VHS in the 90's and it is amazing that the military dictatorship still does exist in this country.

In accordance with the statement of John Boorman in the Extras of the DVD, the dramatic scene when the commander orders to shoot the politician Aung San Suu Kyi did really happen. Aung San Suu Kyi won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and shamefully was only released from house arrest on 13 November 2010. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Muito Além de Rangum" ("Far Beyond Rangoon")


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