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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós al rey 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

The film's source 1969 novel "L'Adieu au Roi" by Pierre Schoendoerffer was originally in development to be shot in 1972, to star Donald Sutherland, to be produced by Robert Dorfman, and to be directed by Schoendoerffer, but the picture went into turnaround. See more »

Goofs

MacArthur is wearing sunglasses when he is first shown. Suddenly, he is not wearing glasses, and they are not visible in his hands or on his desk. See more »

Quotes

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Thin Red Line (1998) See more »

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Fantastic film
7 February 2007 | by longjimhancockSee all my reviews

I've seen this film many times and it's one I would watch and enjoy any time it was on. Sure it has plot problems, but the over-all beauty of this story is both heart wrenching and epic. It ranks as one of my all-time favorites, like the beautiful cinematography of "The Mission". Its depiction of World War II war-time action in an obscure theater of war like Borneo, is both interesting and eye-opening. The plot is believable and gut wrenching in its depiction of an invader attacking ones homeland. I could not help but be reminded of scenes from another favorite film of mine, "Last of the Dog Men". I only wish this film was available generally to all in DVD format, as I believe it to be a film that buffs would want to add to their collection.


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