The Year of Living Dangerously
The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Both a smart, suspenseful tale of intrigue and a sweeping romance, The Year of Living Dangerously features excellent performances from Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver as a pair of journalists covering political unrest in Indonesia.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

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

Vincent Canby
New York Times

A good, romantic melodrama that suffers more than most good, romantic melodramas in not being much better than it is.

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Christopher Null

The rest of the film hasn't aged nearly as well as Hunt's fun performance...

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a reasonably entertaining time-filler...

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A young Mel Gibson anchors a fascinating look at the life of a journalist looking for the great war-era news story.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Biting, tense Weir film--factually based

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Outstanding political thriller -- and plenty hot, to boot

Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Good movie, great performances. Well worth watching if you're into a good of fashion political thriller with shades of romance and tragedy.
jay nixon
Intense, finely made film. Gibson is very good in this, made before he become a blowhearted parody of himself. Linda Hunt is great in her oscar winning part and… More
Tim Salmons
Beautifully shot but the storyline is a bit unsatisfying. It is nice to see two powerhouse actors in the same film though.
xGary Xx
A typically beautifully shot Peter Weir film, this romance set to the backdrop of political upheaval in Indonesia is thoughtful, atmospheric and intelligent.… More
Anthony Lawrie
The Year of Living Dangerously is easily Peter Weir's best film. It certainly got Hollywood's interest and propelled him into the A-list and rightly… More

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