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The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

Mel Gibson , Sigourney Weaver , Peter Weir  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Michael Murphy, Bill Kerr
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Peter Weir, C.J. Koch, David Williamson
  • Producers: Jim McElroy
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RFGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Year of Living Dangerously" on IMDb

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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film which works on many levels. March 9, 2000
By smarmer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What is this film about? Is it about political corruption and intrigue? Is it about how revolutionary movements start by promising a lot and end by delivering little? Is it about the conflict between love and duty? Or perhaps the cynicism of the press and the various and conflicting goals? The film could be about how hard it is to overcome fear and superstition. Maybe it is about doing small things to make the world better, but then reverting to dramatic acts when the small things don't work.
Mel Gibson is a novice reporter for Australian news recently assigned to Indonesia. He wants to make a splash and climb the reportorial hierarchy. Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt in a stellar performance) takes him under his wing and educates him about poverty and teaches him to recognize the shadow play of politics. Billy also introduces him to Jill (Sigourney Weaver). They fall in love and have a wonderful scene in the rain. He commits a dramatic act that costs him dearly. (I don't want to give away everything.) Through it all we meet a cast of characters - reporters and diplomats - who are in turns fascinating and loathsome.
The movie is beautifully photographed. The music adds to the atmosphere. Since I reserve a 5 star rating for true classics, this film gets only a 4. However I do recommend it very strongly.
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140 of 156 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited for TV July 10, 2004
By Rick
I loved the original theatrical release of The Year of Living Dangerously. I watched it over and over. It was a beautiful, sensuous film. This is not the original. This DVD was the work of some hack who left the best parts of the movie on the cutting room floor. Gone is much of the gamelan music, many scenic shots of Indonesian countryside, and one of the hotest make-out scenes in cinematic history. Just as Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver are about to go at it the scene abruptly ends. Even the sequence of the original is changed. The over all effect is a coursening of what had been a classic. This was such a dark and murky print I still wonder if I somehow got a bootleg copy surreptitiously videotaped by some artless thug. I feel angry and cheated.
I recommend waiting until the original version is released. DON'T BUY THIS TRASH!
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contrasts and meaning June 10, 2003
Peter Weir's film 'The Year of Living Dangerously' was shown at a campus film festival during my first year as an undergraduate (a few years after Linda Hunt had won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing a male character), sponsored by the departments of political science, journalism, and East Asian studies.
The setting is 1965, Djakarta, during a time when Southeast Asia was high on the scope of European radar and coming into more prominence for American eyes. Indonesia was (and is) a big country, with population and resources (both underutilised) the envy of East and West.
The dictator Sukarno was playing a dangerous game trying the balance the two, internally as well as in foreign affairs. In the end, it did not pay off for him, and Indonesia has only recently begun to work at achieving a prominence a resource-rich, 100+ million populated country can attain.
Into this tight-rope situation dropped Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson), of the Australian Broadcasting Service, a fresh-faced journalist out to make a mark for himself, sabotaged by his predecessor and professionally ignored by other Western journalists (who had their own headline-deadlines to meet). However, a strange American/Chinese man, Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt), befriends him, and attempts to help him both professionally, personally, and spiritually.
Billy takes Guy on a trip through the slums of Djakarta, preaching Tolstoy, charity and compassion, and tries to get Guy to see beyond the headlines. Billy also introduces Guy to Jill (Sigourney Weaver), a British agent planning to leave Djakarta.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a foreign land December 11, 2001
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There have been a lot of political dramas about third world situations undergoing violent upheavals but none have captured their complexity quite as well as this one. In fact though it is a film about a specific revolution or populist uprising Year of Living Dangerously deals with that situation in a philosophic way, making a fable of all its elements which allows this film to speak specifically to that situation as it unfolds and generally about all such situations that occur with unfortunate regularity in the news from places all over the world where mass starvation undermines a current regimes authority.
The film is also about a wealthy nations role in such circumstance. Mel Gibson plays an Australian journalist and that allows him to report events as they occur but not have to get involved in them or think about what they mean. That changes however when Mel meets Linda Hunt. Her character teaches Mel how to care about the people not just the events and that is the most fascinating relationship in the film. Sigourney Weaver is the daughter of an English colonial administrator but now that the political climate is a threatening and perilously unstable one the English are departing. Her father is pompous and very English, his intentions are good ones but his methods have been ineffective because from his lofty English perch he can not see the real needs of the people. Mel falls for his daughter who as a free spirit and free thinker cares for the people and understands their needs in a way her father could not. It is not surprising that Linda Hunt likes her and wishes to see she and Mel together. And she has a fascination with shadow puppets that makes her think of herself as something of a puppet master in the Mel and Sigourney love affair.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good vendor service but low quality DVD especially as to sound.
Published 2 days ago by Daniel Blais
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movies
Published 6 days ago by Mark A. Denham
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful film that holds your interest from the moment the...
This film has always struck a chord w/me, the acting, the story, and esp. Linda Hunt, Academy Award winner for her role, beating out top actresses that year. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Fay Louise Claus
4.0 out of 5 stars The Year of Living Dangerously- political thriller and time period...
Mel Gibson(The Passion of the Christ) as an inexperienced Australian journalist in 1965 Jakarta, Indonesia covering the political trouble and unrest in that third world south east... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacob Cherian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Film
This film has a unique and intriguing story, great actors, beautiful photography and an excellent director.
What more can you ask for?
Published 2 months ago by Denis Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated movie.
All of the actors were fantastic in this film. It was romantic, enlightening, sad, and exciting all in on. Everyone should see this film !
Published 2 months ago by Amelia C. Neuse
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Weir (director) at his best
Marvelous movie, beautifully-filmed, wonderfully written, and brilliantly acted. Mel Gibson's finest performance. When I first saw it, I didn't know about Billy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barrie Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
A wonderful tale and an honest look at the world of foreign correspondents. The acting is outstanding and I have watched it several times and enjoyed it each time.
Published 3 months ago by Fran Tate
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done story
An interesting and well done story of the despot Sukarno's regime. The cast is good and the film feels gritty.
Published 4 months ago by DJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda Hunt was amazing.
Well done. More art than entertainment. Linda Hunt was amazing, truly amazing. I would not have recognized the young Mel Gibson for probably half the movie if I hadn't known he... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David R. Jennings
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