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Beyond Rangoon (1995)



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This action-adventure is set amidst the mystery and political upheaval of Burma (now Myanmar) in 1988. After her husband and son are murdered, Dr. Laura Bowman feels desperate to leave the States and start a new life. She and her sister Andy head for Burma where the conflict between formerly peaceful protesters and the military government is rapidly escalating. Laura's troubles begin when violence erupts and the members of her tour group must suddenly flee the country. But Laura cannot go, as she has lost her passport. Now she must use her own devices to escape. Fortunately, she is befriended by U Aung Ko, a radical and former professor, who is also trying to escape. Action ensues as they make their way to the Thai border.more
Rating: R (for depiction of violent political oppression.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Lasker, Bill Rubenstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 2009
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Patricia Arquette
as Laura Bowman
Frances McDormand
as Andy Bowman
Spalding Gray
as Jeremy Watt
U Aung Ko
as U Aung Ko
Victor Slezak
as Mr. Scott
Adelle Lutz
as Aung San Suu Kyi
Tiara Jacquelina
as Desk Clerk
Jit Murad
as Sein Htoo
Ye Myint
as Zaw Win
Johnny Cheah
as Min Han
Haji Mahod Rajoli
as Karen Father
Azmi Assan
as Older Karen Boy
Ahmad Fithi
as Younger Karen Boy
Mohd Wan Nazri
as Check Point Soldier ...
Roslee Mansor
as Check Point Soldier ...
Zaidi Omar
as Check Point Soldier ...
Michael Pickells
as Laura's Husband
Enzo Rossi
as Laura's Son
Rudzuan Hashim
as Officer Min
as Birdman
Norlela Ismail
as Young Sula Woman
Nyak Osman
as Village Headman
Yusof Abdul Hamid
as River Trader
Lutang Anyie
as Karen Leader
Ali Fiji
as Fuel Vendor
Yeoh Keat Chye
as BLK Beret Major
Johari Ismail
as BLK Beret Sergeant
Rashidi Mohd
as Secret Police Office...
William Saw
as Bandana Man
Anna Howard
as Australian Doctor
Manisah Mandin
as Aung Ko's Daughter
Charley Boorman
as Photographer
Hani Mohsin
as Young Monk/Soldier
Ismail Din
as Burmese Official
Jamaludin Rejah
as Cig Soldier
Peter Win
as Aung Ko's Helper
John Mindy
as Burmese Soldier
U Kyaw Win
as Sule Aide/Buddah Mon...
Gael d'Oliviera
as French Boy
Pascale d'Oliviera
as French Mother
Gilles d'Oliviera
as French Father
Asmi Wahah
as Sula Commander
Albert Thaw
as Sule Officer
Siti Abdullah
as Village Woman
Satish Chand Bhandar...
as Aung Ko's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Beyond Rangoon

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An odd movie, brilliant in places, but frustrating all the same.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beyond Rangoon


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 husband and son. Sleepless one night, Laura stumbles across a pro-democracy protest led by Aung San Suu Kyi(Adelle Lutz). It is there that she has her passport conveniently stolen and is forced to stay behind while Andy continues on to Thailand. While she waits to have a replacement passport made, Laura decides to do some sightseeing, enlisting U Aung Ko(U Aung Ko) to drive her.

If it is true that the road to mediocre films is built on good intentions, then "Beyond Rangoon" is a perfect example. Set at an important time in Burma's history and made at a time when not a lot of information was getting out due to the military junta's total control, then the movie serves a purpose to dramatize these events. However, by working in a highly contrived story that closely resembles an epic psychiatric session, it also manages to trivialize them at the same time. But the cinematography is very lovely. At any rate, it would not be until the documentary "Burma VJ" that we would get the clearest picture of what is going on inside Burma.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Good story and performances.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


A beautiful movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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