No Farewell to the Dead Heroes’ King
March 17, 2011
Here’s two jungle movies that don’t really have anything in common, except that they would have been improved by the presence of Bill Murray.
Farewell to the King (1989). Theoretically I should have loved this movie. WWII jungle with natives and guerrillas. Directed by John Milius, who was involved in some of my favorite movies: Conan the Barbarian, Apocalypse Now, Jeremiah Johnson, etc. The Malaysian jungle is lush and wonderful but Nick Nolte was miscast and ruins it all. I would have preferred to see Bill Murray in the role instead.
No Dead Heroes (1986). Directed in the Philippines by Junn Cabreira. Insane story of a Vietnam POW that was taken to Russia and implanted with a chip in the brain to make him the ultimate assassin. The chip is remote-controlled by a wristwatch, of course. Great jungle footage with elaborate bamboo prison camp and ancient stone ruins sets. Mike Monty is in many of these trashy ‘Nam flicks and always plays the same serious officer character seen doing a mission briefing at the beginning of the movie and always gives the same performance as if he were reading his lines for the first time off of the cue cards. Awkward pauses, monotone delivery, and misplaced emphases. I would have preferred to see Bill Murray in the role instead.