Beyond Rangoon
Beyond Rangoon (1995)

In a role originally intended for Meg Ryan, Patricia Arquette plays Dr. Laura Bowman in director John Boorman's film of an American abroad in a strange country. It's 1988 and Laura is desperate to flee the United States and the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 1995
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Arquette gives the kind of mighty physical performance usually delivered by men in existential action classics like "The Wages of Fear," but she suffuses it with something all her own-she's bulletproof yet vulnerable.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Yet one more film -- that defines Third World political unrest through its effect on a white liberal.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Do artists, and those who style themselves as artists, have the right to lie to further their visions?

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

In attempting to make its politics palatable as entertainment, the film has grafted them onto a boatload of Hollywood implausibilities whose excesses cripple believability.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Boorman's metaphysical musings might work if he integrated them more fully into his film, instead of making them secondary to action sequences.

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Douglas Pratt

An exotic adventure story with a political conscience

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

As an exercise in art, or even polemics, Beyond Rangoon is beyond redemption, but still works its occasional magic with extraordinary flair.

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Caryn James
New York Times

A rare film, one that is intelligent, emotional and exciting.

Emanuel Levy

A disappointing, improbable political melodrama from a good director

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Beyond Rangoon," sisters Laura(Patricia Arquette) and Andy(Frances McDormand) travel to Burma in 1988 to help Laura get over the murder of her… More
Anthony Valletta
Good story and performances.
Leo L
A beautiful movie!