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      Beyond Rangoon

      1995, Drama, 1h 40m

      34 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      After the shocking murders of her husband and son, Laura Bowman (Patricia Arquette) travels to Burma with her sister, Andy (Frances McDormand), to find peace. There she witnesses protests against the government and the military's violent response. When Burma enters into military lockdown, Laura loses her passport and is unable to leave the country. A professor (U Aung Ko) helps her, but this makes her a target of the government as she attempts to reach the border and cross into Thailand.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John Boorman

      • Producer: Barry Spikings, Sean Ryerson, Eric Pleskow, John Boorman

      • Writer: Alex Lasker, Bill Rubenstein

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $5.1M

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      • Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video, Columbia Pictures

      • Production Co: Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation

      • Sound Mix: Surround

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      • Jun 19, 2010

        In "Beyond Rangoon," sisters Laura(Patricia Arquette) and Andy(Frances McDormand) travel to Burma in 1988 to help Laura get over the murder of her husband and son. Sleepless one night, Laura stumbles across a pro-democracy protest led by Aung San Suu Kyi(Adelle Lutz). It is there that she has her passport conveniently stolen and is forced to stay behind while Andy continues on to Thailand. While she waits to have a replacement passport made, Laura decides to do some sightseeing, enlisting U Aung Ko(U Aung Ko) to drive her. If it is true that the road to mediocre films is built on good intentions, then "Beyond Rangoon" is a perfect example. Set at an important time in Burma's history and made at a time when not a lot of information was getting out due to the military junta's total control, then the movie serves a purpose to dramatize these events. However, by working in a highly contrived story that closely resembles an epic psychiatric session, it also manages to trivialize them at the same time. But the cinematography is very lovely. At any rate, it would not be until the documentary "Burma VJ" that we would get the clearest picture of what is going on inside Burma.

        walter m Super Reviewer
      • Jul 07, 2008

        Good story and performances.

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      • Jan 14, 2008

        I didn't get into this in the beginning because the main character made one bad decision after another. Still, the movie ended up being very riveting.

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