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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 3, 1989

Cast

Nick Nolte
as Learoyd
Nigel Havers
as Capt. Fairbourne
James Fox
as Col. Ferguson
Marilyn Tokuda
as Yoo
Frank McRae
as Sgt. Tenga
Marius Weyers
as Sgt. Conklin
Aki Aleong
as Col. Mitamura
William Wise
as Dynamite Dave
Gerry Lopez
as Gwai
Elan Oberon
as Vivienne
Wayne Pygram
as Bren Armstrong
Michael Nissman
as Gen. Sutherland

Crew

John Milius
Director
Albert S. Ruddy
Producer
Andre Morgan
Producer
John Milius
Screenwriter
Pierre Schoendoerffer
Book Author
Dean Semler
Cinematographer
Basil Poledouris
Composer (Music Score)
Anne V. Coates
Editor
C. Timothy O'Meara
Editor
Gil Parrondo
Production Designer
Bernard Hides
Art Director
Virginia Bieneman
Set Designer
Terry J. Leonard
Stunts
Anne Semler
Choreography
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