Beyond Rangoon

Synopsis: Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she is left on her own for a few days, during which time she falls in with students fighting for democracy. She and their leader, U Aung Ko, travel through Burma, whilst witnessing many bloody acts of repression by the dictatorship, in an attempt to escape to Thailand. Based on a true story.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): John Boorman
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

The trip was Andy's idea.

It was easier to say yes than argue.

...always that way with my sister.

She meant well.

A touch of the exotic east would get me away from

all the things that reminded me of what had happened.

But it didn't.

Wherever I looked, I saw only the moment

when my life ended.


Oh my god!

...But our chances of being reborn

as a human being are very, very slim.

Please watch these steps.

They're not exactly...


In the Buddhist world, where suffering

is the accepted condition of man,...

...the attainment of perfect detachment

is the ultimate achievement.

Here, look what we have.

Mm! Isn't this splendid?

Look, look...

The reclining figure represents the Buddha

just before he passed into Nirvana,

...having at last divested himself

of all earthly desire,

...hence the smile of perfect contentment.

I suppose I thought I might

find something in the East...

...some kind of answer.

I stared at those stone faces...

...but nothing stirred in me.

I was stone myself.

The Buddhist may not believe in a soul

The sole of the Buddha's feet

is a different matter!

Yes, observe carefully the pictograms, ladies,

and you will see not only a record of the Buddha's life...


Here, hold this!


Don't move him!

-What's his name?


-Ah. Parle francais?

-Oui. -Gael? Gael?

I'm a doctor. It's okay.

Ah, good, where does it hurt?

Tell me where it hurts.


-Aye, thank God!

Alright. Sit up.

Watch him for a couple hours.

If he starts vomiting, gets dizzy,

take him to a hospital, okay?

Don't forget:
Eight o'clock,

Mandalay Lounge...

I'll be giving an illustrated lecture to prepare

us for the architectural joys of Thailand...

...a lot of wonderful slides.

-Could we have our key please?

-Could you try this number again, please?

When WE ran this country, it worked!

-My key, please!


-Seven days here is seven days too long!


-My key!


Excuse me?

I can't believe that child falling today

off of the Buddha!

Where was his mother?

Maybe this trip wasn't such a good idea.

Yes, it was.

It hasn't helped, though, has it?

Yes, it has.

Really, it has.

No, it hasn't.

My skin is so dry.

I know you don't want to hear this, but I think

the best thing you could do is go back to work.

I never should have been working in the first place.

What do you mean?

I could have been spending that time with Nick.

And our boy.

But we were so proud of you.

Especially Nick.

He wanted you to be a doctor.

What would he want now?

I know.

I'm sorry.

I know I promised I wouldn't talk about it on this trip.

But I did.




Stop! I dare you!

You dare me to stop?

Oh god. What?

It's okay. Go back to sleep.

What are you doing here?

Are you American?


Aung San Suu Kyi! Aung San Suu Kyi!

American? Are you American?


American knows Aung San Suu Kyi?

No, I don't.

Very famous!

-She's very beautiful.

-She will lead us to democracy!

Come! Come up here! You will see

better up here! Come! Look!

Where is she?

Look! Here she comes now!

Aung San Suu Kyi! Aung San Suu Kyi!

Hello, little one.

Aung San Suu Kyi! Aung San Suu Kyi!

-What... What's the matter?

-Where did you go?!

These young men were just telling us you

could have run into some very serious trouble.

-There are many hooligans out tonight.

-I can't believe you called the police.

-This is not funny!

The colonel says, you Americans think

other nations' laws don't apply to you.

Well, here they do.

You broke curfew.

You could go to prison for that.

Yeah, well you can tell him that your country

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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