The Year of Living Dangerously
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The Year of Living Dangerously
Mel Gibson stars in this period political thriller directed by Peter Weir. Set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, the film stars Gibson as Guy Hamilton, an Australian wire-service reporter covering the scene. Whenever Hamilton becomes too glib or indifferent for his own good, he is brought back to earth by his "conscience," photographer Billy Kwan (played in male drag by diminutive actress Linda Hunt, who won an Academy Award for her performance). As all of Jakarta sinks into disarray, Hamilton pursues a romance with British attaché Jill Bryant (Sigourney… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A curiously languid affair, rather than the breathless Costa-Gavras-style thriller which was the least one might have expected from this kind of material."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Combining political intrigue, steamy romance, and engaging characters, Peter Weir's well-crafted, highly enjoyable adventure is one of the few successful efforts to make a Casablanca-like movie for modern audiences."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"With director Peter Weir applying the lighter fluid, Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver ignite with a chemistry that goes ... into the realm of star quality"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"A rousing and sharp look at a land that's far from our own in more ways than one."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A good, romantic melodrama that suffers more than most good, romantic melodramas in not being much better than it is."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The rest of the film hasn't aged nearly as well as Hunt's fun performance..."
‑ Christopher Null,
"...a reasonably entertaining time-filler..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Weir's movies are open-ended, stylish dramas that engage our senses, psyche, and wonder."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A young Mel Gibson anchors a fascinating look at the life of a journalist looking for the great war-era news story."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Biting, tense Weir film--factually based"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Outstanding political thriller -- and plenty hot, to boot"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The Year of Living Dangerously is a flawed film, but it is richly textured and imbued with enough emotional and intellectual subtlety to make it a rewarding experience."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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