Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and... See full summary »
The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the ... See full summary »
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
Mel Gibson once said of Guy Hamilton, his character in this film, as published on 24 February 1983 in the article "Mel Gibson: Australia's new hunk": "He's not a silver-tongued devil. He's kind of immature and he has some rough edges and I guess you could say the same for me." See more »
The song by Richard Strauss is incorrectly listed in the end credits. It's "Beim Schlafengehen" ("Going to Sleep"), not "September." "September" is another of the "Four Last Songs" from which this one is taken; lyrics to both are by Herman Hesse. See more »
Ever since I first saw this film, it has been one of my favorite. The performances are not perfect, but the chemistry between the main characters is electric. The semi-fictitious plot (it is said to be somewhat based on a period of the life of reporter Peter Arnet) melds so nicely with the historical events of 1960's Indonesia. Linda Hunt well deserved the Academy Award, but I felt that it should have also been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Director, Film, and Cinematography. The story follows the novel of which it was based better than 95% of the time. The Atmosphere of the film always leaves me awe-struck. By the end I feel like I have lived Guy's life. It is a romantic film with a small dose of action that both men and women should enjoy.
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