Good Military Movie & book Combo


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Bartholomew Roberts
July 9, 2003, 09:10 AM
I was just reminded yesterday of a movie called "Farewell To The King". The movie is VERY loosely based on actual events. During WWII, the British recruited a New Zealand Biology professor to jump into Borneo and organize the hill tribes there to fight the Japanese.

With about 5 people, the British armed and organized the Kelabit tribe of Borneo and ended up routing the Japanese and eventually accepting their surrender once Australian troops landed to join them. The professor in question wrote a book on the experience which is a tremendous read but happened so long ago I have forgotten about it.

"Farewell to the King" uses the same basic history; but substitutes a shipwrecked American sailor (Nick Nolte) as king of the Borneo tribes. It isn't a good gun or tactics movie by any means; more of the John Woo school of gunfighting... but it was a decent movie and I thought decidedly pro-gun in its attitude.

My favorite line from the movie is when Nick Nolte is being asked what his tribe wants:

"Want? We want freedom. That's all... and guns, guns so they can't take away the freedom... and mortars, mortars so they can't take away the guns."

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