- Title: USA: 'Beyond Rangoon' premieres in Los Angeles
- Date: 22nd October 1994
- Summary: (REUTERS) PATRICIA ARQUETTE SAYS THIS IS IMPORTANT WORLD HISTORY INFORMATION AND ANY COUNTRY THAT HAS A GOVERNMENT COULD BECOME A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP. WE COULD EASILY BE IN THAT POSITION SOMEDAY SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO SUPPORT OTHER HUMANS ARQUETTE WITH HUSBAND NICHOLAS CAGE ACTOR-DIRECTOR ROB REINER ARRIVES AT THE PREMIERE REINER SAYS THE FILM SHEDS LIGHT ON HOW A GOVERNMENT CAN TREAT ITS PEOPLE, AND IF PEOPLE IN BURMA ARE CAPABLE OF DOING WHAT THEY DID TO AUNG SAN SUU KYI, THEN THEY'RE CAPABLE OF DOING IT ANYWHERE
- Embargoed: 6th November 1994 12:00
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, AND FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA35FNDB8YLW5F3TUUO6C20FAJ1
- Story Text: Actress Patricia Arquette and her husband actor Nicholas Cage attended the recent premiere of Arquette's new film drama "Beyond Rangoon" in Los Angeles.
Directed by veteran filmmaker John Boorman, "Beyond Rangoon" tells the story of one woman's journey through Burma in 1988 on the eve of the country's military crackdown.
Arquette plays Laura Bowman, an emotionally detached American tourist who travels "unofficially" through Burma and falls in with a group of pro-democracy dissidents just as the military's brutal repression begins.
The film co-stars Spaulding Gray, Frances McDormand, and in his motion picture debut, Burmese-born actor U Aung Ko.
The part of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was played by Adele Lutz, a Japanese-American actress. Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest six years ago and only released last month. She is reported to be keen to see "Beyond Rangoon", and has expressed gratitude to the film-makers for their contribution to her cause.
Director John Boorman is best known for films including "Deliverance," "Excalibur," "Hope and Glory," and "The Emerald Forest."
"Hope and Glory" was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Besides directing the film, Boorman also co-wrote the screenplay and produced it along with co-producers Barry Spikings and Eric Pleskow.
"Beyond Rangoon" is being distributed by Castle Rock Entertainment, a company founded in part by actor-director Rob Reiner.
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