Return To Paradise

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Return to paradise is a film about americans forced to choose between freedom and a condemned friend's life in malaysia.


Studio Universal
SKU 40176449
UPC 025192280023
UPC 14 00025192280023
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
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Name Vaughn,Vince
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Name Joseph Ruben
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Cast & Crew
Anne Heche - Actor
David Conrad - Actor
Jada Pinkett - Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - Actor
Vera Farminga - Actor
Vince Vaughn - Actor
Joseph Ruben - Director
David A. Arnold - Executive Producer
Mark Mancina - Musical Score
Alain Bernheim - Producer
Wesley Strick - Screenplay
Bruce Robinson - Screenplay
ReviewSource New York Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Vaughn,Vince
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Janet Maslin, New York Times ...brooding drama of friendship and moral responsibility.

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