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Encyclopedia > Return to Paradise (film)
Return to Paradise

Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Produced by David Arnold
Ezra Swerdlow
Written by Wesley Strick
Bruce Robinson
Starring Anne Heche
Joaquin Phoenix
Vince Vaughn
Music by Mark Mancina
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Editing by Craig McKay
Andrew Mondshein
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States August 10, 1998 (premiere)
August 14 (wide)
Flag of Spain November 6
Flag of Argentina February 11, 1999
Flag of Sweden March 26
Flag of the United Kingdom April 16
Flag of Israel July 22
Flag of Kuwait March 20, 2000
Running time 111 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Return to Paradise is a 1998 film directed by Joseph Ruben, written by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson and starring Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix and Vince Vaughn. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Wesley Strick is an American screenwriter. ... Bruce Robinson (born May 1, 1946) is a British writer, actor and director, best known for his film Withnail and I. He was born in Broadstairs in Kent and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. ... Anne Celeste Heche (IPA: ) (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Mark Mancina (born March 9, 1957 in Santa Monica, California) is a composer, primarily for Hollywood soundtracks, such as his collaboration with Trevor Rabin on the soundtrack for Con Air. ... Craig McKay is an Emmy-winning American film editor, probably best known for having edited The Silence of the Lambs, for which he received his second Academy Award nomination. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Israel. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Kuwait. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Wesley Strick is an American screenwriter. ... Bruce Robinson (born May 1, 1946) is a British writer, actor and director, best known for his film Withnail and I. He was born in Broadstairs in Kent and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. ... Anne Celeste Heche (IPA: ) (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ...


Tagline: Give up three years of their lives or give up the life of their friend. They have eight days to decide.


Plot summary

After a vacation in Malaysia, one of three friends is arrested for possession of drugs. The Malaysian government sends word to his companions demanding that they return to Malaysia to take their fair share of the responsibility, or their friend will hang in eight days. In the end one returns, but the Malaysian government then reneges on the deal. Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ...


Similarities to other films

Return to Paradise was released a year before Brokedown Palace and is noted for being similar, in that it also concerns a young American trapped in a Southeast Asian legal system, and difficult choices that must be made by that traveler's traveling companions. Brokedown Palace is an American film directed by Jonathan Kaplan and starring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale. ...


Its similarity to Midnight Express is also noted as both movies are based around capital punishment in third world countries. Midnight Express is a 1978 fictionalized biographical film, based on the story of Billy Hayes, a young American sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey to the US. It stars Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert...


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