Love is Forever(1983)
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The most extreme dive scene I have ever viewed - buddy breathing with one regulator while crossing the Mekong River. The believable scene is so realistic looking, it appears that this stunt is the first time the actress ever used scuba. The river has very low visibility, they are traversing the bottom, trying to maintain direction by referencing the current, bumping into strange things along the bottom. For all of you who have ever worked in zero visibility waters, recalling those TV commercials of Hawaiian dive vacations, check out this movie for this scene. Oh, and the actress is gorgeous, with a beautiful exotic face of Eurasian extract.
This film has a really interesting plot. The acting is pretty good as well. It is a real life story about the height of integrity of a journalist in Laos, and the extent to which he will go for his girlfriend. It is a very uplifting story.However, the DVD versions of the film (I have seen two DVD versions) are extremely poor. The sound is so terrible, that frequently the listener cannot tell what is being said, and there are no subtitles or closed captioning. There is a constant roaring sound in the background of the soundtrack for the entire film that makes the voices often difficult to understand.The film has really bad resolution and it is often dark. The lighting and resolution are frequently so poor that one cannot recognize which characters are in the scene.The producers of the DVDs frequently bill the film as starring Priscilla Presley. If you are a Priscilla Presley fan, don't be fooled by this as she appears on the screen for a total of perhaps 2 minutes and has about three lines. She plays a very minor role in the film. It is strange that the real heroine in this film, Laura Gemser, usually gets much less billing.The film can usually be purchased for less than $5, which to me is worth it. But be aware that the sound and video quality are EXTREMELY poor. So I give the plot a 9 and the filming a 1 for an average of 5/10.
Well made drama about journalist getting his girlfriend of of Laos by scubadiving in the Mekong River, the best scenes are the one featuring the swim of the river, running the gauntlet among wooden trunks and horse carcasses and triggerhappy border guards. Well worth seeing. 6/10
This is a 1983 movie but I just saw it last night. It's a movie based in a real life event: the story of a foreign journalist in Laos who is declared "non grata person" by the Communist regime. This is a beautiful story of love and courage. The main character is Michael Landon, one of my favorite actors. The movie is kind of slow but I enjoyed it.