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: January 21, 1983
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 89% 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.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

[A] grievously flawed yet compelling tale of political intrigue, certainly a triumph of atmosphere if not of coherent dramatization.

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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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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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Variety Staff

Weir and his crew expertly recreate the squalor, poverty, noise, heat and emotion of the pressure cooker that was Indonesia in 1965.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its flaws are unmistakable and some of its beats a little bit rote, but this is much more daunting and daring than it appears, maybe even more than it realises.

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Christopher Null

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

Rod McShane
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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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

Flixster Audience Score: 77% 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.
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
Tim Salmons
Beautifully shot but the storyline is a bit unsatisfying. It is nice to see two powerhouse actors in the same film though.
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

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