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R| 1 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix), Sheriff (Vince Vaughn) and Tony (David Conrad) are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past actions, Lewis has been arrested for drug possession. With Lewis facing a death sentence, the friends are left with a difficult decision: return to Malaysia and split Lewis' sentence, or let him die.

Cast: Vince Vaughn , Anne Heche , Joaquin Phoenix , David Conrad , Vera Farmiga , Nick Sandow , Jada Pinkett Smith , Richard Chang

Director: Joseph Ruben

Genres: Drama

Distributor: MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Polygram, United Artists

Return to Paradise (1998)

Release Date: August 14th, 1998|1 hr. 49 min.

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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson? Then Return to Paradise would be a better movie, that's what if. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    A potential problem with the movie is that it can be a challenge watching people hand-wringing over moral decisions. But the acting is so good that it makes it worth sticking with during the slow patches. show more

  • 88
    Dave Kehr New York Daily News

    Directed with great skill and intelligence by Joseph Ruben, Return to Paradise, is a rare thing among today's movies a drama of conscience. [14 Aug1 998, Pg.51] show more

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