The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)


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Critic 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.

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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: Aug 27, 1997


as Guy Hamilton

as Jill Bryant

as Billy Kwan

as Peter Curtis

as Col. Henderson

as Kumar

as Naval Officer

as Immigration Officer

as Palace Guard

as Embassy aide

as President Sukarno

as Security Man 1

as Pool waiter
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Critic Reviews for The Year of Living Dangerously

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2008

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

Full Review… | September 20, 2005

Biting, tense Weir film--factually based

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Beautifully shot but the storyline is a bit unsatisfying. It is nice to see two powerhouse actors in the same film though.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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