Victory (1996 film)

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Victory is a 1996 French-German drama suspense film written and directed by Mark Peploe and starring Willem Dafoe, Irène Jacob, Sam Neill and Rufus Sewell. It is based on the 1915 novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad.[1]

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Directed byMark Peploe
Produced byBob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Screenplay byMark Peploe
Based onVictory
by Joseph Conrad
StarringWillem Dafoe
Irène Jacob
Sam Neill
Rufus Sewell
Narrated byBill Paterson
Music byRichard Hartley
CinematographyBruno de Keyzer
Edited byMichael Bradsell
Tony Lawson
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
1996 (USA)
Running time
99 minutes
United Kingdom

The novel had been adapted into film on multiple previous occasions, including a 1919 silent version directed by Maurice Tourneur and featuring Jack Holt, Seena Owen, Lon Chaney Sr., and Wallace Beery; the 1930 William Wellman directed Dangerous Paradise starring Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen and Warner Oland; and the 1940 version featuring Fredric March, Betty Field, and Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

Plot summaryEdit

Through a business misadventure, the European Axel Heyst (Willem Dafoe) ends up living on an island in what is now Indonesia with a Chinese assistant Wang (Ho Li). Heyst visits a nearby island where a female band is playing at a hotel owned by Mr. Schomberg. Schomberg attempts to force himself sexually on one of the band members, Alma (Irène Jacob). Alma is about to be sold to Schomberg by the corrupt leader/director of the band who has enslaved the women for prostitution. She begs Heyst to help her. Having sworn off close relationships because of his past, he is challenged by her request, but agrees to help her. He escapes from the island with Alma, and they go back to his island and eventually become lovers. Schomberg seeks revenge by attempting to frame Heyst for the "murder" of a man who had died of natural causes and later by sending three desperadoes Pedro, Martin Ricardo (Rufus Sewell), and Mr. Jones (Sam Neill) to Heyst's island with a lie about treasure hidden on the island. Upon their arrival at the island, much intrigue ensues. In a climactic scene, Jones kills Pedro and then Ricardo; Alma is also shot and dies in the arms of Axel. After burning his compound and burying Alma, Axel disappears from the island but is rumored to have later been seen as a drifter in San Francisco and other ports of call. Alma's victory, in death, is having saved Axel's life in that he has again made connections with others.



The principal photography of the movie were done at Situbondo and Asembagus regency in East Java, Indonesia. Some depiction of old Surabaya were also done in the same place.


  1. ^ Mccarthy, Todd (2 June 1997). "Review: 'Victory'". Variety. Retrieved 8 August 2014.

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