|Mel Gibson||Guy S. Hamilton|
|Sigourney Weaver||Jillian Edith 'Jill' Bryant|
|Linda Hunt||Billy Kwan|
|Michael Murphy||Pete Curtis|
|Bill Kerr||Col. Ralph Henderson|
|Noel Ferrier||Wally O'Sullivan|
|Paul Sonkkila||Kevin Condon|
When journalist Guy Hamilton arrives in Jakarta, Indonesia, he has difficulty making contacts. He forms a friendship with dwarf photographer Billy Kwan, through whom he meets British diplomat Jill Bryant . Bryant falls for Hamilton, and she gives him key information about an approaching Communist uprising. As the city becomes more dangerous, Hamilton stays to pursue the story. However, he faces more threats as he gets closer to the government.