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Format: DVD
Sku: 40176449
UPC: 025192280023
UPC 14: 00025192280023
Category Keywords: Buddies  Crime  Prison  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Give up three years of their lives or give up the life of their friend. They have eight days to decide.
Return to paradise is a film about americans forced to choose between freedom and a condemned friend's life in malaysia.

"...brooding drama of friendship and moral responsibility.  Janet Maslin, New York Times

Editor's Note
Tony is a successful architect, ready to be married. Sherriff is a devil-may-care limo driver. Two years prior, they had been in Malaysia living the high life with a third buddy, Lewis. Lewis stayed on to continue their hedonistic lifestyle. His long-lost buddies don't know, however, that he is in prison, sentenced to die because of them. If a lawyer can persuade Tony and Sherriff to return to Malaysia and serve 3 years in the same prison, Lewis' life will be spared. Will they sacrifice that portion of their lives to save the life of a friend?


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/2/2003
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22800
Video UPC UPC: 00025192280023
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anne Heche
Video Cast Info David Conrad
Video Cast Info Jada Pinkett
Video Cast Info Joaquin Phoenix
Video Cast Info Vera Farminga
Video Cast Info Vince Vaughn
Video Cast Info Joseph Ruben - Director
Video Cast Info David A. Arnold - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Mancina - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Alain Bernheim - Producer
Video Cast Info Wesley Strick - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Bruce Robinson - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Ruben has drawn exceptional performances from his cast..." 09/??/1998 pp.47-8

Sight and Sound
"...[A] raw quality so often associated with 70s films....Particularly impressive is the opening montage..." 01/??/1999 p.55-6

Entertainment Weekly
"...Psychological suspense that rarely lets up....Vaughn reveals new dimensions..." -- Rating: A- 01/22/1999 p.110

New York Times
"...Cool, sober....Mr. Ruben has assembled a fine cast down to the secondary characters..." 08/14/1998 p.E9

New York Times 8 of 10
In this brooding drama of friendship and moral responsibility, directed with somber intelligence by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With the Enemy, The Stepfather), three friends endure the life-threatening consequences of a foolish mistake. Sheriff (Vince Vaughn), Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix) and Tony (David Conrad) cap off their post-college frolicking with a carelessness that ensnares Lewis. When the story picks up again, two years later, Lewis may have only eight more days to live... Although Lewis was the only one of the trio who planned to stay in Asia and do worthwhile work (with orangutans), he finds himself imprisoned as a drug dealer. Unless his friends come forth and accept their legal culpability, Lewis will surely hang. Return to Paradise is loosely based on a 1990 French film called Force Majeure, which is not to be confused with the Bruce Wagner novel of that title. But the film's tone is often darkly cynical in ways that bring a writer like Wagner (I'm Losing You) to mind. As written by Wesley Strick with the actor and filmmaker Bruce Robinson (Withnail And I), the film zeroes in on subtle negotiations between Lewis' erstwhile friends and his fiercely dedicated lawyer, played in another sharply etched performance by Anne Heche. The film's cool, sober texture and its clever characters are often more interesting than the larger plot. As Sheriff, Vaughn (like Michael Keaton, whom he sometimes resembles) projects a deep-seated skepticism and chilliness that give the story its suspense; he seems quite capable of keeping his distance and leaving Lewis to die. And Phoenix, though not often seen after the film's vivid Malaysian prologue, conveys the terrible pathos in Lewis' situation. But as Ms. Heche's formidable Beth Eastern does her best to manipulate the other characters on Lewis' behalf, Return to Paradise takes on the abstract weightiness of an ethical debate rather than the visceral urgency of a thriller... Ruben has assembled a fine cast down to the secondary characters (Vera Farmiga briefly rivets attention as Tony's savvy fiancee) and has given the film a haunting exoticism, especially in its richly detailed Asian scenes. Like Red Corner, it devotes considerable attention to the courtroom manners and unforgiving judicial code in an Asian country. - Janet Maslin

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Product attributeActor:   Vaughn,Vince
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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