January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Return to Paradise

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
08/14/98
performer
David Conrad, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn
director
Joseph Ruben
distributor
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
author
Bruce Robinson, Wesley Strick
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama
We gave it an A-

Two men (Vince Vaughn and David Conrad) face a ferocious dilemma in Return to Paradise: share a three-year drug sentence in Malaysia with a traveling companion (Joaquin Phoenix) or remain in America, in which case their friend will hang. The hellish choice translates into psychological suspense that rarely lets up. In a pre-Psycho pairing, Vaughn reveals new dimensions as a finagler who must finally face consequences, while Anne Heche bristles as the lawyer who negotiates the draconian deal. A-

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