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
An almost perfect film, imo. Glad to have this in my collection. Acting is nuanced, subtle. Sigourney Weaver does a good British accent. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jonas Amazon
I bought this movie for a friend who absolutely loved it. She had seen it before and desperately wanted to own it.Published on Jan. 31 2013 by Michele
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2011 by Andrew T.
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. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Rick
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. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by schnoidl
A terrific film--
The cinematography is brilliant; the actors and story, mesmerizing. Highly recommended.
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... Read morePublished on April 5 2004
The movie is very dark. Could certainly use better lighting. Sometimes a little confusing.Published on Dec 9 2003
You really feel like you are there in the hot and wet climate. Very well developed characters, and you do have a sense of the unease of the times, as well as the stunning beauty... Read morePublished on April 1 2003