THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (Australia 1982)— From director Peter Weir comes a work with realism so jarring that it stands apart from other war films. Linda Hunt won a best supporting actress award for her part as Billy, the resourceful assistant to a reporter covering Indonesia’s civil unrest in the 1960s played Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson in a breakout role.) A non-fiction Guy Hamilton as handsome as Gibson was the American reporter in Southeast Asia, Jerry A. Rose.
THE UGLY AMERICAN (1963 Universal-Int’l) — In this fictional film based on a popular novel, Marlon Brando plays the conflicted US ambassador to a country resembling Vietnam. Brando comments about growing addicted to risk and in an outstanding performance actor Eiji Okada says inescapable poverty is “water from the moon.” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056632/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_2
THE JOURNALIST: The real life Southeast Asia “adrenalin junkie” immune to risks was reporter Jerry Rose, who is profiled by Minnesota writer Lucy Rose Fischer in the book “THE JOURNALIST: Life and loss in America’s Secret War.” Rose was reporting on the Vietnamese corruption and the ineptness of American diplomats and military brass in the early 1960s when the public and news media gatekeepers weren’t interested in Vietnam. By the time they got interested, their husbands, brothers and sons were coming home in body bags. https://www.mnvietnam.org/story/a-sleeping-child/