Farewell to the King

Farewell to the King

John Milius (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Here's a weird tale, a sort of Apocalypse Now of the Second World War, as captain Nigel Havers (poorly cast) treks into Borneo's heart of darkness and discovers jungle "King" Nick Nolte, who's gone native to the strains of Basil Poledouris's score. Unsurprisingly, this militaristic nonsense is written and directed by John Milius, co-screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, who completely fails to uncover any significant resonance in his own material, as he did so superbly with The Wind and the Lion. Here, alas, he succeeds only in delivering one of the great clunkers of the 1980s, a would-be epic which helped to sink Vestron, the company that made it.


An American PoW escapes a Japanese firing squad and finds shelter with a tribe in the jungle of Borneo. The tribesmen believe the soldier is divine because of his tattoos and make him their honorary king. In return, he is determined to protect them from both British and Japanese forces - but is drawn back into the war when an officer tries to enlist the tribe's help on the British side. Second World War adventure, with Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, James Fox and Frank McRae.

Cast & Crew

Learoyd Nick Nolte
Capt Fairbourne Nigel Havers
Colonel Ferguson James Fox
Sergeant Tenga Frank McRae
Gwai Gerry Lopez
Yoo Marilyn Tokuda
Lian Choy Chang Wing
Colonel Mitamura Aki Aleong
Sergeant Conklin Marius Weyers
Dynamite Dave William Wise
Bren Armstrong Wayne Pygram
Director John Milius
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vestron PicturesGuidance: Some violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD