After fleeing his Japanese captors in Borneo during World War II, American prisoner of war Learoyd (Nick Nolte) hides out in the jungle, where he’s taken in by a tribe of headhunters who consider him sacred because of his intricate tattoos. When British soldiers discover Learoyd two years later, they’re astonished that he’s been crowned king. Now, they want him to rejoin the Allied fight, but Learoyd resists — until his tribe is threatened.
John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures.
Milius was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Elizabeth (née Roe) and William Styx Milius, who was a shoe manufacturer. Milius attempted to join the Marine Corps in the late 1960s, but was rejected due to chronic asthma. He ascribes his fascination with guns and the military to this disappointment.
A former student at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, Milius started his movie career in a student film contest in 1967, taking first prize for his entry Marcello I’m Bored. Milius wrote, co-wrote or directed the films Jeremiah Johnson (with Edward Anhalt), Dirty Harry (uncredited), Apocalypse Now, Dillinger, Magnum Force, The Wind and the Lion, Rough Riders, Big Wednesday, 1941, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Farewell to the King, Flight of the Intruder, the TNT feature Motorcycle Gang, Geronimo… read more
I wish I could find a better quality version of this, and apparently it was altered significantly by the studio, but regardless, this is a Great film. Milius embarrasses most other "going native" films with his muscular filmmaking and keen sensitivity, while simultaneously making one of the more compelling war films I've seen.