Farewell to the King

Farewell to the King

Director: John Milius Cast: Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, James Fox


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Though officially based on Pierre Schoendoerffer's novel L'Adieu au Roi, Farewell to the King also bears echoes of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim--with a lot of filmmaker John Milius' own Hemingwayesque slant thrown in. During World War II, American POW Learoyd (Nick Nolte) escapes a Japanese firing squad. Hiding himself in the wilds of Borneo, Learoyd is adopted by a head-hunting tribe of Nyak Indians, who consider him "divine" because of his elaborate tattoos. Before long, Learoyd is the reigning king of the Nyaks. When British soldiers approach him to rejoin the war against the Japanese, Learoyd resists (in language so flowery that it could have been written by Sir Walter Scott). But when his own tribe is threatened by the invaders, the "king" deigns to fight for their rights. Farewell to the King is breathtakingly photographed and quite exciting at times.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2006
UPC: 4897007038503
Original Release: 1989
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 18,079

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Learoyd
Nigel Havers Capt. Fairbourne
James Fox Col. Ferguson
Marilyn Tokuda Yoo
Frank McRae Sgt. Tenga
Aki Aleong Col. Mitamura
Marius Weyers Sgt. Conklin
William Wise Dynamite Dave
Gerry Lopez Gwai
Elan Oberon Vivienne
Choy Chang Wing Lian
Richard Morgan Stretch Lewis
Michael Nissman Gen. Sutherland
John Bennett Perry Gen. MacArthur
Wayne Pygram Bren Armstrong

Technical Credits
John Milius Director,Screenwriter
Virginia Bieneman Set Decoration/Design
Anne V. Coates Editor
Dewey Gene Grigg Special Effects
Edouard F. Henriques Makeup
Bernard Hides Art Director
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Andre Morgan Producer
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Gil Parrondo Production Designer
Jose Perez Makeup
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
David Rowe Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert S. Ruddy Producer
Anne Semler Choreography
Dean Semler Cinematographer
John W. Wheeler Editor

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