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The Lost Idol (1989)

| Action, Drama | 1990 (USA)
After the fall of Saigon, a stranded group of US soldiers tries to make it through Cambodia to safety in Thailand. While taking refuge in an ancient abandoned temple, the men find a gold ... See full summary »


Chalong Pakdeevijit (as Philip Chalong)


Buncherd Dhawee (story) (as Bunchurt Dhavee), Tony S. Suvat (story) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Estrada
James Phillips James Phillips
Myra Chason Myra Chason
Christoph Klüppel Christoph Klüppel
Pierre Delalande Pierre Delalande
Sorapong Chatree Sorapong Chatree
Nappon Gomarachun Nappon Gomarachun ... (as Noppol Gomarachun)
Likit Eakmongkol Likit Eakmongkol ... (as Likit Ekmongkol)
Aphiradi Phawaphutanon Aphiradi Phawaphutanon ... (as Apiradee Pawaputanon)
Sirinand Rojanathum Sirinand Rojanathum
Krung Srivilai Krung Srivilai ... (as Krung Sivilai)
Rith Luecha Rith Luecha ... (as Rit Luercha)
Den Dokpradoo Den Dokpradoo
Eric H. Smith Eric H. Smith
Robert A. Blair Robert A. Blair


After the fall of Saigon, a stranded group of US soldiers tries to make it through Cambodia to safety in Thailand. While taking refuge in an ancient abandoned temple, the men find a gold statue worth millions of dollars. They agree to hide the statue, then return to Cambodia when it is safe to do so and split the treasure. After hiding the statue, however, the lieutenant, overcome by greed, shoots his own men in order to keep it all for himself. Eight years later, the lieutenant, now a major, returns to retrieve the statue. Everything is going well until he hears about one of the soldiers he thought he killed now living as a farmer in a small Thai village. Fearing his secret will be revealed, the lieutenant must now decide how to deal with this ghost from his past. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1990 (USA) See more »

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Der Todesmajor See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Christoph Klüppel & Pierre Delalande had and "introducing" credit. See more »


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Really bad movie but great acting by the "General" in the promotion and award ceremony
11 September 2008 | by tsaxenSee all my reviews

Generally it is really a bad movie. I have been unable to watch the whole thing without falling asleep or finding something else to occupy my time.

BUT!! I am buying my second copy (the first one was damaged) and will buy another (if that one fails), to watch the introduction (I love the narration) and the award/promotion scene where a General promotes and decorates the bad guy.

I play the part of the General in that scene. I was stationed in Thailand (I was only a Major) when they filmed this movie and got the bit part along with several other Army folks that fill out the award and promotion ceremony scene. Later, the Thai director asked me to voice over the beginning of the flick with their narration (which I had to polish up to be real English....).

I saw the movie for the first time in Bangkok at a local theater. It was dubbed in Thai at the time and I was the only farang (Foreigner) at the theater. I stuck out like a sore thumb and all the Thais were wondering why I was there. Then came the award scene and they all turned and looked at me, pointed and whispered to each other. I was a celebrity!!! Gave up on ever seeing the "Thai Movie" again, but then found "The Lost Idol on Estrada's filmography, realized it was the one and indulged myself on Amazon.Com to buy a copy.

Never got to meet Estrada, but my wife did at the local Hilton Hotel in Bangkok over brunch, and got his autograph and spent some nice time speaking with him and his wife.

All in all my one minute of fame, captured forever on video tape....a terrible movie.....but one I will keep and remember forever!!!

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