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Year of Living Dangerously [Import]

Mel Gibson , Sigourney Weaver , Peter Weir    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) is a hungry young journalist from Australia who's just taken an assignment as foreign correspondent in politically unstable Indonesia to break out of a long stint in the newsroom at home. Upon arrival he is immediately befriended by the wonderfully intriguing Billy (Linda Hunt), a photographer who compiles files on his friends, finding solace from the chaos of political and economic upheaval by manipulating what he can in his life. Billy, who likes Guy for the inexplicable reasons that draw people to one another, helps him to get the break that he desperately longs for. The break makes him as a journalist, and the wave of confidence that it generates carries him into the seduction of Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver), an English diplomat who's leaving the country too soon to justify an affair. She succumbs, however, luckily for us, for the scenes of their passionate trysts are intense and exciting in a fresh young way. As the political situation begins to unravel, however, Guy is forced to yield his journalistic idealism to a forced acknowledgment of reality. An intriguingly complex and moving film from Peter Weir. --James McGrath


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Year of Living Dagerously Jan. 31 2013
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I bought this movie for a friend who absolutely loved it. She had seen it before and desperately wanted to own it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contrasts and meaning June 10 2003
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and brilliant Dec 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This film is brilliant and perfectly matched to its actors. The score by Maurice Jarre almost, but not quite, eclipses the real star of the film, the Indonesia of the movie's timeframe.
Dreamy, brilliantly shot in the countryside and crowded 1960s Jakarta, and yet tautly real, the film overwhelms the senses yet is precise and sensitive on a large canvas. The ominousness of political events-- Sukarno's rise to power-- unfolds against an atmosphere so evocative that I forgot myself in the first few frames of the film.
Only Weir's equally evocative film _Fearless_ plumbs the same rich depths this brilliant, perfectly-realized film does.
More than 5 stars. A superb film that will make you forget yourself and remember its haunting themes, and very real human players in a drama beyond the scale of any of their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Year of Living Dangerously Aug. 28 2011
Format:DVD
This movie is a keeper. I remember seeing it at the theatre when it first came out. It's a fascinating depiction of Sukarno's Indonesian government with a stellar perfomance by Linda Hunt. There are still many lessons that this movie can teach us today. I strongly recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Edited for TV July 11 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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5.0 out of 5 stars took my breath away April 10 2004
Format:DVD
I saw it on the big screen when it first came out, and i distinctly recall that breathing required a conscious effort for at least a couple of hours afterward. That was another time, and i don't promise all or even any will have a similar reaction, but I sure was moved. A bit claustrophobic at times, but I think that was the point. It features a wonderful Jessye Norman performance of Strauss' Four Last Songs, which is about as exquisite a piece of music as this sordid little species has ever produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 5 2004
Format:DVD
A terrific film--
The cinematography is brilliant; the actors and story, mesmerizing. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative April 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This film is brilliant and perfectly matched to its actors. The score by Maurice Jarre almost, but not quite, eclipses the real star of the film, the Indonesia of the movie's timeframe.
Dreamy, brilliantly shot in the countryside and crowded 1960s Jakarta, and yet tautly real, the film overwhelms the senses yet is precise and sensitive on a large canvas. The ominousness of political events-- Sukarno's rise to power-- unfolds against an atmosphere so evocative that I forgot myself in the first few frames of the film.
Only Weir's equally evocative film _Fearless_ plumbs the same rich depths this brilliant, perfectly-realized film does.
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