Farewell to the King
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Though officially based on Pierre Schoendoerffer's novel L'Adieu au Roi, Farewell to the King also bears echoes of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim--with a lot of filmmaker John Milius' own Hemingwayesque slant thrown in. During World War II, American POW Learoyd (Nick Nolte) escapes a Japanese firing squad. Hiding himself in the wilds of Borneo, Learoyd is adopted by a head-hunting tribe of Nyak Indians, who consider him "divine" because of his elaborate tattoos. Before long, Learoyd is the reigning king of the Nyaks. When British soldiers approach him to… More
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"some over-the-top histrionics don't keep it from being worth a look"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The "white man as noble savage and isn't it ironic?" material runs out of steam well before the inexhaustible Nick Nolte does."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
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