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Farewell to the King (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 March 1989 (USA)
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Borneo, 1942: An American soldier escapes WWII and becomes the king of the headhunters in the jungle. Two British soldiers are parachuted into the area to find local support for the battle against the Japanese.

Director:

John Milius

Writers:

Pierre Schoendoerffer (book), John Milius (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nick Nolte ... Learoyd
Nigel Havers ... Botanist
Frank McRae ... Tenga
Gerry Lopez ... Gwai
Marilyn Tokuda Marilyn Tokuda ... Yoo
Chang Wing Choy Chang Wing Choy ... Lian
Aki Aleong ... Colonel Mitamura
Marius Weyers ... Conklin
William Wise William Wise ... Dynamite Dave
Wayne Pygram ... Bren Armstrong
Richard Morgan Richard Morgan ... Strech Lewis
Elan Oberon Elan Oberon ... Vivienne
James Fox ... Ferguson
Michael Nissman Michael Nissman ... General Sutherland
John Bennett Perry ... General MacArthur
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Storyline

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell to the King See more »

Filming Locations:

Borneo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,150,531, 5 March 1989

Gross USA:

$2,420,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,420,917
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally the best film that he had made according to the film's writer-director John Milius until studio interference ruined it. Milius once said: "I, as usual, was attacked viciously but in time it's come to be regarded as one of my best". Milius has also said he believes he originally had made a "great film". See more »

Goofs

Lian the Magnificent's lips don't match his words. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: THE COAST OF BORNEO - April 1942 / Shortly after the fall of the Philippines the Japanese are triumphant in the Pacific
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Alternate Versions

French video release has two scenes not present in the English one. First, it's when MacArthur gives tobaco to Fairbourne when MacArthur signs the deal. Second one it's a scene between Fairbourne and Mitamura; Mitamura explains his reasons to surrender to Learoy. See more »

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Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »

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A gripping, thought-provoking, action adventure
19 August 1999 | by JSPrineSee all my reviews

Nick Nolte stars as the enigmatic hero of this little-known but highly interesting film. Basically at war with himself, Nolte evolves from Army deserter to a genuine jungle king.

He's an interesting actor, and never more so than in this movie, which is set in Borneo during World War II. It might just as easily been set in a Montagnard village during the Vietnam War.

This off-beat, under-rated movie is more of a psychological study than a mindless, run-of-the-mill action flick. This movie has a lot more depth and heart than that.

The locations are beautiful, the musical score is outstanding, and, as in most John Milius films, the uniforms, weapons, and other goodies are faithfully and accurately depicted with wonderful detail.

This is a thinking man's "war movie". If you enjoyed "The Man Who Would Be King", you will very likely enjoy this film, too.

If you can find it on video, snap it up fast!


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