Political thriller features Gibson as immature, impulsive Australian journalist Guy Hamilton, who's covering a political story in Indonesia, circa 1965. During the coup against President Sukarno, he becomes involved with British attache Jill Bryant (Weaver) at the height of the bloody fighting and rioting in Jakarta. Hunt is excellent as male photographer Billy Swan, central to the action as the moral center. Rumored to be based on the activities of CNN's Peter Arnett, although the original source is a novel by C.J. Koch, who reportedly collaborated/battled with Weir on the screenplay. Fascinating, suspenseful film, set up brilliantly by Weir, with great romantic chemistry between Gibson and Weaver. Shot on location in the Philippines (then moved to Sydney after cast and crew were threatened). First Australian movie financed by a U.S. studio.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 114 minutes.
Originally from Australian.
Oscars 1983: Support. Actress (Hunt); L.A. Film Critics 1983: Support. Actress (Hunt); Natl. Bd. of Review 1983: Support. Actress (Hunt); N.Y. Film Critics 1983: Support. Actress (Hunt).
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