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The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

Mel Gibson , Sigourney Weaver , Peter Weir  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RFGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Year of Living Dangerously" on IMDb

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GUY HAMILTON IS A JOURNALIST ON HIS FIRST JOB AS A FOREIGNCORRESPONDENT. HIS APPARENTLY HUMDRUM ASSIGNMENT TO INDONESIA SOON TURNS HOT AS PRESIDENT SUKARNO ELECTRIFIES THE POPULACE ANDFRIGHTENS FOREIGN POWERS.

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68 of 73 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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132 of 148 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited for TV July 10, 2004
By Rick
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:VHS Tape
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
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 10 days 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 27 days 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 29 days ago by David R. Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old movie
Wanted to watch Linda Hunt star on NCIS! LA play the part of a man as news person with Mel Gibson .
Published 1 month ago by RCjim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with timeless theme
Good movie with timeless theme of how to respond to the hardships in the world and with those who are trying to change them.
Published 1 month ago by Jon W Conroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Peter Wier is a magician. This is an underappreciated classic. A beautiful balance of fleeting love, political upheaval, and cult-like obsession. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MrDrCol
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Engaging
I was pleasantly surprised to find this movie intriguing and engaging. Gibson is young and dashing, yet you can see that he was also a character actor and his talent was shining... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RomanceJunkie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Classic
While the story line of this movie took place many years ago it very well could be happening as you read this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barry A. Lebost
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
This is a thought provoking look into the attemped coup in Jakarta. It makes you consider however, a greater concept. The continual struggle of the less fortunate.
Published 2 months ago by Tom j Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Dangerously
Love this movie and the actors and setting. This movie is based on a historical period in Indonesia. Watch it.
Published 2 months ago by Deenay-the book worm
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