Love Is Forever
This film dramatizes the exploits of Australian journalist John Everingham and his efforts to snatch the Laotian girl, left behind following the Vietnam war, from under the noses of the Pathet Lao in 1978. It wended its reportedly trouble-plagued way to TV after a theatrical version premiered earlier in 1983 under the title "Comeback." A dispute between writer/director Hall Bartlett and producer/star Michael Landon over who did what functions during its production surfaced, with bad words between the two being duly reported in the press. In addition to a questionably cast Landon in the lead, the film introduces to American TV German actor Jurgen Prochnow (of "Das Boot"), has Priscilla Presley (Elvis' actress ex-wife) in her TV-movie debut, and "presents" Moira Chen, introduced as a noted Indonesian actress but later revealed by "Variety" actually to be Laura Gemser, star of "Emmanuelle" and numerous other soft-core sex movies. A similarly-themed theatrical film, "Saigon: Year of the Cat" by British playwright David Hare, starring Frederic Forrest and E.G. Marshall, was made about the same time but did not receive a release until more than a year later.