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The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 3

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.

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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.

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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

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Drama

Aug 27, 1997

MGM

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3) | DVD (5)

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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A good, romantic melodrama that suffers more than most good, romantic melodramas in not being much better than it is.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A young Mel Gibson anchors a fascinating look at the life of a journalist looking for the great war-era news story.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The rest of the film hasn't aged nearly as well as Hunt's fun performance...

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Biting, tense Weir film--factually based

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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

February 8, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

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

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Outstanding political thriller -- and plenty hot, to boot

January 5, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

A rousing and sharp look at a land that's far from our own in more ways than one.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Weir's movies are open-ended, stylish dramas that engage our senses, psyche, and wonder.

April 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Year of Living Dangerously

Good movie, great performances. Well worth watching if you're into a good of fashion political thriller with shades of romance and tragedy.
August 13, 2011
kenstachnik

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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 so, although I've liked very few of his films since. Linda Hunt steals the show, it's funny, I only realised she was a woman a few year later! Brilliant filmmaking.
September 16, 2009
SirPant

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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 sigourney weaver is fine as always in a less showy role.
August 8, 2007
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