New York Film Locations

Return to Paradise (1998)

Last Updated: March 2015

Three friends share an exciting vacation in Malaysia, full of fun, drinks, women and hash. When the vacation is over, each have dreams of continuing their lives, and they all go their separate ways. One of them (Joaquin Phoenix) remains on the tropical paradise to fulfil a dream of working with apes for research. Two years later, lawyer Beth Eastern (Anne Heche) comes to New York and hunts down the other two friends to give some sad news. A few days after they left the island, police raided their camp and found amazingly large quantities of hash left about. Phoenix was still residing there, so he had to take the blame. He is set to be put to death in 8 days, and the only way the charges can be decreased is if the two friends come back to paradise and take their share of the responsibility. If they do, they both will spend three years in prison. If only one does, he will spend six years behind bars.

Park Avenue (btw East 52nd and 53rd Streets) Manhattan.


Franklin Street (btw Hudson and Varick Streets) Manhattan.


Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


East River Bikeway (btw Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges) Manhattan.


5th Avenue (btw East 79th and 80th Streets) Manhattan.


South 6th Street and Berry Street, Brooklyn.


Restaurant, 50 Mott Street and Bayard Street, Manhattan.


West 42nd Street (btw Broadway and 6th Avenue) Manhattan.


Beth's Apartment, 995 5th Avenue and East 81st Street, Manhattan.



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