Love Is Forever (film)
|Love Is Forever|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Hall Bartlett|
|Screenplay by||Hall Bartlett|
|Story by||John Everingham|
Laura Branigan (singer)
Carol Connors (song)
Love Is Forever (also known as Comeback) is a 1982 adventure drama film based on the experiences of Australian journalist John Everingham in Laos and Thailand. It was written, directed and co-produced by Hall Bartlett and co-produced by Michael Landon who played the lead role in the film. Filmed in Thailand, it was released outside the United States in cinemas under the title of Comeback or Passion and Valor and shown first in America on television.
Following the Pathet Lao takeover of Laos, Australian journalist John Everingham is originally sympathetic but then feels the nation is turning into a police state. General Siegfried Kaplan an East German advisor to the Pathet Lao secret police has noticed that Western newsagencies are receiving revealing news stories that could only have been provided by insiders in the Government. Kaplan vows to plug the security leaks and identify and eliminate the sources of the stories.
According to the film, Everingham is the last Western journalist remaining in Laos. To gather information the General assigns the attractive Keo Sirisomphone to befriend and spy on Everingham. The two fall in love. Everingham is arrested but rather than executed or imprisoned he is exiled to Thailand.
- Michael Landon as John Everingham
- Laura Gemser as Keo Sirisomphone (as Moira Chen)
- Jürgen Prochnow as General Siegfried Kaplan
- Edward Woodward as Derek McBracken
- Priscilla Presley as Sandy Redford
John Everingham's account of his exploits was originally published in Reader's Digest. Producer Hall Bartlett purchased the rights and upon the recommendation of his daughters who enjoyed Little House on the Prairie cast Michael Landon as Everingham. For the role of Everingham's Laotian girlfriend and later wife, Bartlett cast Eurasian actress Laura Gemser. As she had previously been known to appear in erotic films, Bartlett insisted she be credited under the name of Moira Chen.
Hall Bartlett cast Priscilla Presley after being struck by her unusual wariness at their first meeting. Says Bartlett of his discovery, "She and Moira have the same kind of extreme vulnerability I was looking for. That's their defense mechanism. Both would crumble at the slightest criticism, and they don't speak unless they feel safe. They need protection and love."
Bartlett cast Jürgen Prochnow in his American film debut after the international success of Das Boot. Playing an East German general wearing a variety of uniforms and carrying a riding crop, the screenplay had Prochnow and Landon square off in a kickboxing bout.
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