• The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

The Year of Living Dangerously

Release Date: January 21st, 1982

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 1997

PG |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

When journalist Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) arrives in Jakarta, Indonesia, he has difficulty making contacts. He forms a friendship with dwarf photographer Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt), through whom he meets British diplomat Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver). Bryant falls for Hamilton, and she gives him key information about an approaching Communist uprising. As the city becomes more dangerous, Hamilton stays to pursue the story. However, he faces more threats as he gets closer to the government.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Michael Murphy, Bill Kerr, Noel Ferrier, Bembol Roco, Paul Sonkkila

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Adventure

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Quest, Passionate, Intense, Hotel, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Ambitious, stylish, and ideologically confused, The Year of Living Dangerously falters in its attempts to succeed simultaneously as thriller, romance, and political tract, while also encompassing director Peter Weir's penchant for half-baked mysticism. Still, it's a gripping film. show more

  • 100
    Boston Globe

    The movie masterfully evokes, through stunning direction and magnificent performances, the heat and passion of desperate people living in desperate times. [18 Feb 1983]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Year of Living Dangerously is a wonderfully complex film about personalities more than events, and we really share the feeling of living in that place, at that time. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture