Farewell to the King

Farewell to the King (1989)

In the midst of war, one man vanished into the jungle, and emerged as king.

  • Genre: War, Adventure
  • Release Date: 1989-03-03
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 63 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 57min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Orion Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Milius
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An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people.

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  • Nigel Havers

    as Capt. Fairbourne
  • Frank McRae

    as Sgt. Tenga
  • Gerry Lopez

    as Gwai
  • Nick Nolte

    as Learoyd
  • Marilyn Tokuda

    as Yoo
  • Choy Chang Wing

    as Lian
  • Aki Aleong

    as Col. Mitamura
  • Marius Weyers

    as Sgt. Conklin
  • William Wise

    as Dynamite Dave
  • Wayne Pygram

    as Bren Armstrong
  • Richard Morgan

    as Strech Lewis
  • Elan Oberon

    as Vivienne
  • James Fox

    as Col. Ferguson
  • Michael Nissman

    as Gen. Sutherland
  • John Bennett Perry

    as Gen. MacArthur
Directing John Milius Director
Writing Pierre Schoendoerffer Novel
Writing John Milius Screenplay
Editing Anne V. Coates Editor
Production Albert S. Ruddy Producer
Production André E. Morgan Producer
Sound Basil Poledouris Music
Camera Dean Semler Director of Photography
Crew Terry Leonard Stunt Coordinator
Directing Terry Leonard Second Unit Director