Melissa Pierson
February 16, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beyond Rangoon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/25/95
performer
Patricia Arquette, Frances McDormand
director
John Boorman
author
Alex Lasker
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure, Drama, Historical

We gave it a D+

John Boorman is a daredevil of a director, as he showed with the fearsome brutalities of 1972’s Deliverance. He also cares nothing for the border between righteousness and pedantry, and his latest movie crosses and recrosses that line at will. Set in Burma during recent military crackdowns, Beyond Rangoon tells the semifictional tale of an American (Arquette) swept up by pro-democracy uprisings. She’s witness to a national tragedy, while dealing with one of her own. Sound mawkish? Yep. It’s also a ripping good adventure. Win one, lose one. With only a rental at stake, you too can afford to be brave.

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