Return To Paradise

Return To Paradise

Director: Joseph Ruben Cast: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix


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This remake of Force Majeure (aka Uncontrollable Circumstances), a 1989 film with Alan Bates and Kristin Scott Thomas, recalls the prison plight depicted in Midnight Express (1978). Rambling around Asia, getting high and just having a good time, are three young men -- Sheriff (Vince Vaughn), Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix), and Tony (David Conrad). Sheriff and Tony say goodbye to Lewis, a conscientious Greenpeace activist and nature-lover who stays on to rescue endangered Borneo orangutans. Two years later, Tony is an architect about to marry, and Sheriff has a job driving a limo around New York City. When Beth (Anne Heche) steps into Sheriff's limo, she tells him that she's a lawyer working to save Lewis. He learns that Lewis was arrested by Malaysian authorities, tried as a drug dealer, convicted, and sentenced to death. Sheriff's actions of trashing a borrowed bicycle and casually disposing of 100 grams of hash make him responsible for Lewis's predicament, but does he feel guilty enough to get involved? The execution is only eight days away, but it will not happen if Tony and/or Sheriff return to also serve time -- three years each if both come back, but six years if only one returns. Investigating this story is reporter M.J. Major (Jada Pinkett Smith), who views the situation as an important international news story. Tony readily agrees to go back and save Lewis -- but only if Sheriff also returns with him. Sheriff initially declines, prompting the desperate Beth to find ways to convince him to go. Complicating matters, Sheriff and Beth begin to find they are attracted to each other. Director Joseph Ruben filmed in Hong Kong, Macao, and Thailand, with Malaysian prison interiors shot in Philadelphia.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/1999
UPC: 0044005827132
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Polygram Usa Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vince Vaughn Sheriff
Anne Heche Beth
Joaquin Phoenix Lewis
David Conrad Tony
Vera Farmiga Kerrie
Nick Sandow Ravitch
Jada Pinkett Smith M.J. Major

Technical Credits
Joseph Ruben Director
David Arnold Executive Producer
Alain Bernheim Producer
Kathryn Bihr Makeup
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Keith Campbell Stunts
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Steve Golin Producer
Bill Groom Production Designer
Jason Kliot Co-producer
Betsy Klompus Set Decoration/Design
David Knox Camera Operator
Kevin Lee Sound Editor
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Craig McKay Editor
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Elaine Offers Makeup
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Jimmy N. Roberts Stunts
Bruce Robinson Screenwriter
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Steele Asst. Director
Wesley Strick Screenwriter
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

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