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Year Of Living Dangerously
     

Year Of Living Dangerously

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Director: Peter Weir,

Cast: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt

 

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Mel Gibson stars in this period political thriller directed by Peter Weir. Set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, the film stars Gibson as Guy Hamilton, an Australian wire-service reporter covering the scene. Whenever Hamilton becomes too glib or indifferent for his own good, he is brought back to earth by his "conscience," photographer Billy

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Mel Gibson stars in this period political thriller directed by Peter Weir. Set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, the film stars Gibson as Guy Hamilton, an Australian wire-service reporter covering the scene. Whenever Hamilton becomes too glib or indifferent for his own good, he is brought back to earth by his "conscience," photographer Billy Kwan (played in male drag by diminutive actress Linda Hunt, who won an Academy Award for her performance). As all of Jakarta sinks into disarray, Hamilton pursues a romance with British attaché Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver). Filmed on location in the Philippines and Australia, the film was financed by MGM, in the first such American-Australian financial collaboration.

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It would be wrong to say that The Year of Living Dangerously made stars of Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver; it solidified their stardom and also showed them to be fine actors. As Guy Hamilton, a young Australian radio journalist on the make, Gibson shows soul behind a pretty-boy face and magnetic eyes. His Hamilton is all modern ambition and quick answers until he runs into what director Peter Weir portrays best: the collision between new and old societies. Gibson's greatest success comes when Hamilton endures the pain of deciding whether to air a story that would expose British attaché Jill Bryant (Weaver) as his source. His pain is compelling; in later roles (particularly the Lethal Weapon series), Gibson undergoes torture to achieve the same effect, a pattern that repeats itself in almost all of his successive roles. Weir portrays the Indonesia of 1965 as a place where Western blandishments ring especially hollow against the poverty, misery, and oddly spiritual life. He uses an unearthly score and bright, contrasty colors (especially the blue shirt Gibson usually wears) in the glittery, sterile palaces of the Sukarno regime to contrast with the dirt and darkness of Indonesia's poverty. And in Linda Hunt's Academy Award-winning performance as photographer Billy Kwan, Weir has a great voice for the despair that the poverty engenders. But the movie's grasp of Southeast Asian politics isn't as strong as the romance between Gibson's and Weaver's characters. As in Weir's later Witness, the romance stays in mind long after the civics lesson has faded.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
UPC:
0888574003227
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
4,875

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Guy Hamilton
Sigourney Weaver Jill Bryant
Linda Hunt Billy Kwan
Michael Murphy Peter Curtis
Bill Kerr Col. Henderson
Noel Ferrier Wally
Paul Sonkkila Condon
Bembol Roco Kumar
Domingo Landicho Hortono
Norma Uatuhan Ibu
Joonee Gamboa Naval Officer
Hermono de Guzman Immigration Officer
Dominador Robidillo Betjak Man
Joel Agona Palace Guard
Mark Egerton Embassy aide
Mike Emperio President Sukarno
Joel Lamangan Security Man 1
Coco Marantha Pool waiter
Bernardo Nacilla Dwarf
Ali Nur Ali

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William M. Anderson Editor
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
C.J. Kock Screenwriter
Judy Lovell Makeup
James McElroy Producer
Herbert Pinter Production Designer
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Sanders Production Manager
Wendy Stites Production Designer
David Williamson Screenwriter

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Year Of Living Dangerously 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Clem238 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and beautiful film. Great story and acting from everyone. Love all of Weir's films.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
This is an all-time favorite...great story, great actors, great photography and scenery. Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver bring back an earlier time, with a hint of Bogey and Bacall even, as an Aussie journalist and a British spy coming together against the exotic, and dangerous, backdrop of Indonesia in the early 1960s. Linda Hunt is amazing, Peter Weir's directing is him at his best. A true masterpiece, don't miss it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was really good. The storyline was interesting, it took place in Indonesia in the 60's. Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver were both brilliant, as usual. However, it is a movie that needs to be watched without any interruption to understand it completely.
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