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Category: Drama, Romance, WarNotable as: DramaSub-Category: War film, Romance Film, DramaRuntime: 115 - 117 minutesLanguage: English, Tagalog language, Filipino language, IndonesianCountry: Australia, New Zealand, USAFilming location: PhilippinesDirector: Peter WeirScreenwriter: David Williamson, Peter Weir, Christopher KochBased on: The Year of Living DangerouslyMusic: Maurice JarreCinematography: Russell BoydStars: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Kerr, Michael Murphy, Bembol Roco, Noel Ferrier, Paul Sonkkila, Ali Nur, Dominador Robridillo Producer: Hal and Jim McElroyStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Linda Hunt)Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Year of Living Dangerously is a 1982 drama film directed by Peter Weir and adapted from the novel The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch. The story is about a love affair set in Indonesia during the overthrow of President Sukarno. It follows a group of foreign correspondents in Jakarta on the eve of an attempted coup by the 30 September Movement in 1965. The film stars Mel Gibson as Guy Hamilton, an Australian journalist, and Sigourney Weaver as Jill Bryant, a British Embassy officer. It also stars Linda Hunt as the male dwarf Billy Kwan, Hamilton's local photographer contact, a role for which Hunt won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film was shot in both Australia and the Philippines and includes Australian actors Bill Kerr as Colonel Henderson and Noel Ferrier as Wally O'Sullivan. It was banned from being shown in Indonesia until 1999, after the forced resignation of coup-leader and political successor Suharto in 1998. The title The Year of Living Dangerously is a quote which refers to a famous Italian phrase used by Sukarno; vivere pericolosamente, meaning "living dangerously".

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