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Language: English
Category: Movie / Action / Drama
Original Title: The Lost Idol
Director: Chalong Pakdeevijit
Writers: Buncherd Dhawee,Tony S. Suvat
Released: 1989
Duration: 1h 43min
Video type: Movie
After the fall of Saigon, a stranded group of US soldiers tries to make it through Cambodia to safety in Thailand. While taking refuge in an ancient abandoned temple, the men find a gold statue worth millions of dollars. They agree to hide the statue, then return to Cambodia when it is safe to do so and split the treasure. After hiding the statue, however, the lieutenant, overcome by greed, shoots his own men in order to keep it all for himself. Eight years later, the lieutenant, now a major, returns to retrieve the statue. Everything is going well until he hears about one of the soldiers he thought he killed now living as a farmer in a small Thai village. Fearing his secret will be revealed, the lieutenant must now decide how to deal with this ghost from his past.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Estrada Erik Estrada
James Phillips James Phillips
Myra Chason Myra Chason
Christoph Klüppel Christoph Klüppel
Pierre Delalande Pierre Delalande
Sorapong Chatree Sorapong Chatree
Nappon Gomarachun Nappon Gomarachun - (as Noppol Gomarachun)
Likit Eakmongkol Likit Eakmongkol - (as Likit Ekmongkol)
Aphiradi Phawaphutanon Aphiradi Phawaphutanon - (as Apiradee Pawaputanon)
Sirinand Rojanathum Sirinand Rojanathum
Krung Srivilai Krung Srivilai - (as Krung Sivilai)
Rith Luecha Rith Luecha - (as Rit Luercha)
Den Dokpradoo Den Dokpradoo
Eric H. Smith Eric H. Smith
Robert A. Blair Robert A. Blair

Filmed back-to-back with In Gold We Trust (1990).

Christoph Klüppel & Pierre Delalande had and "introducing" credit.

The film had no end credits, just a "The End".

Reviews: [3]

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    Generally it is really a bad movie. I have been unable to watch the whole thing without falling asleep or finding something else to occupy my time.

    BUT!! I am buying my second copy (the first one was damaged) and will buy another (if that one fails), to watch the introduction (I love the narration) and the award/promotion scene where a General promotes and decorates the bad guy.

    I play the part of the General in that scene. I was stationed in Thailand (I was only a Major) when they filmed this movie and got the bit part along with several other Army folks that fill out the award and promotion ceremony scene. Later, the Thai director asked me to voice over the beginning of the flick with their narration (which I had to polish up to be real English....).

    I saw the movie for the first time in Bangkok at a local theater. It was dubbed in Thai at the time and I was the only farang (Foreigner) at the theater. I stuck out like a sore thumb and all the Thais were wondering why I was there. Then came the award scene and they all turned and looked at me, pointed and whispered to each other. I was a celebrity!!! Gave up on ever seeing the "Thai Movie" again, but then found "The Lost Idol on Estrada's filmography, realized it was the one and indulged myself on Amazon.Com to buy a copy.

    Never got to meet Estrada, but my wife did at the local Hilton Hotel in Bangkok over brunch, and got his autograph and spent some nice time speaking with him and his wife.

    All in all my one minute of fame, captured forever on video tape....a terrible movie.....but one I will keep and remember forever!!!
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    So, this film would only be a 1 if i should vote only considering the storyline, plot and acting. But the the fact is that the film is SO bad made (the worst i EVER seen) that it makes the movie a really funny one to watch... If you ever see this movie in the videostore and want a good laugh, dont hesitate to rent it :-)
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    In the jungles of Kampuchea in 1975, 19 soldiers were left behind. While trying to get to Thailand in the hopes of being found, they come upon a cave with a golden statue. Instead of taking it with them, they decide to hide it in the cave and come back to get it later. This whole initiative is spearheaded by the interestingly-named Lt. Oliver Reed (not the actual Oliver Reed, though that would have been interesting). Many years after the end of the war, Reed decides to go and find the idol, and while he's assembling the team to do so, he realizes he needs the help of Sgt. Kurt (Estrada), now a civilian living with his wife and daughter on a farm in Thailand. Kurt wants no part of the operation, so Reed kidnaps his daughter and forces him to take part. Now strongarmed into Reed's expedition, the whole gang is captured by the local army and tortured (in the time-honored Prerequisite Torture sequence). Now everyone is fighting to retrieve the "golden idol" - who will actually get it? Ah, P. Chalong. We hardly knew ye. He had a great streak as director going in the 80's with this, Gold Raiders (1984) and In Gold We Trust (1991). The dude really liked gold, apparently. Like Gold Raiders, this is an overlong jungle slog. Sure, the climax of the movie is cool, with all the exploding huts, guard towers, shooting and tanks you could hope for, but by that point it's too little too late. But despite the movie's length, it's not all THAT bad: for instance, on the bright side it has characters such as Won Ton Gool (?) and Christoph (Kluppel). The line readings/dubbing are great, and there are silly musical stings on the soundtrack. But all in all this movie needed to be sillier even than what it was, and shorter.

    Speaking of Christoph, this hulking, mustachioed brute helps things along nicely. He gets not one, but two great entrances in the movie. Before the prerequisite barfight, Christoph emerges with an especially tiny midget, like a Nelson De La Rosa type. Then again he re-emerges later on in spectacular fashion, but we won't spoil how he does it here. And let's not forget about fan favorite Erik Estrada. Sure, he's a genre mainstay, but it seems Won Ton and Christoph outshined him here. This movie does have some bright spots, but the length of the movie and uninspired plot work against those better moments like when you push both of your hands together in resistance training.

    We presume the rural Thai audiences that saw this movie weren't as sophisticated as today's modern viewers, that's why Chalong included plenty of unmatched day-for-night shots, stock footage and laughable, primitive green screen effects. But we don't fault him for this, his country most likely just didn't have the resources and budget for it to be otherwise, and we actually applaud him for getting his movies off the ground despite the odds against him.

    Interestingly, The Lost Idol was released on a stand-alone VHS release (on Shapiro-Glickenhaus) and as a double feature tape with the Danny Aiello and Lyle Alzado Ingvordsen/Kaman movie Shock Troop (1990). The "two-fer" tape is much rarer so if you see it anywhere, grab it.

    In all, The Lost Idol is decent enough, but really, Erik Estrada is a name that usually stands for better.