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The Place of the Dead (1997)

A group of soldiers on a British Army expedition attempt to navigate an unexplored Malaysian gully. So inaccessible is the area, that they must ascend the highest mountain in Southeast Asia... See full summary »


Suri Krishnamma


Jeff Pope


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Cast overview:
Greg Wise ... Corporal Hugh Brittan
Simon Dutton ... Lt Colonel Robert Neill
Dougray Scott ... Lance Corporal Richard Mayfield
John McArdle ... Major Ron Foster
Ralph Brown ... Sgt Bob Mann
David Nellist ... Lance Corporal Steve Page
Phil McKee ... Lance Corporal Peter Shearer
Craig Shai Hee Craig Shai Hee ... Lance Corporal Yiu Keung 'Kevin' Cheung
Augustine Lau Augustine Lau ... Private Wai Keung
Raymond Ong Raymond Ong ... Private Lam Wai Kee
Timothy West ... Chairman of the Inquiry
Anna Bolt Anna Bolt ... Kathryn
John Alansu John Alansu ... Park Ranger
Sue Collie Sue Collie ... Kathryn's Mother
Dane Carson Dane Carson ... Major Carlsen


A group of soldiers on a British Army expedition attempt to navigate an unexplored Malaysian gully. So inaccessible is the area, that they must ascend the highest mountain in Southeast Asia just to reach the entrance. The initial climb proves to be difficult for some of the party. Against strong objections, they are allowed to catch up and rest, rather than being turned back. Things don't improve the next day, however. With rations going more quickly than expected and time running out, a decision must be made. Should the lead group wait even longer and risk the entire mission, or save time by scouting the location ahead of them? Descending over "The Point Of No Return" could split the team permanently. Who makes the call? Written by Necturus

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Release Date:

18 January 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Expedition in die Geisterschlucht See more »

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[first lines]
Chairman of the Inquiry: [bangs gavel] Bring them in, Private.
Private: Sir!
[soldiers enter]
Chairman of the Inquiry: Thank you gentlemen. I think we can now begin.
[Neill approaches]
Chairman of the Inquiry: Pick up the Bible and read aloud the oath.
LCpl. Robert Neill: I swear that the evidence I shall give before this court will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »


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Performed by Terry Hall
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British expedition goes terribly wrong ........
6 January 2014 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

My observations, even a a casual hiker, would be that this ten man attempt to conquer an unexplored mountain enveloped gully, was ill prepared and destined for trouble. The movie is structured around a military inquiry into the disaster, but to my dismay no conclusion as to guilt is reached. I realize the film is based on fact, so no decision may have been rendered, but from an entertainment standpoint, I expected some sort of resolution. The photography is gorgeous, the acting acceptable, and the sense of exploring the unknown is exciting. I could have lived without the flashbacks, which really seem unnecessary, and only serve to bog down the story. - MERK

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