THAILAND: A Victim of Bad Reviews

Thai Politician-Publisher Kukrit Pramoj 13 years ago took a respite from statecraft and journalism for a brief fling at the movies. In the film version of The Ugly American, Kukrit got surprisingly good reviews for his portrayal of the democratic Prime Minister of a mythical Southeast Asia nation called Sarkhan. The movie Prime Minister was besieged and almost overthrown by Communists, largely because of a meddling U.S. ambassador (played by Marlon Brando).

Last week, as Thailand held parliamentary elections, life exceeded reel politics. Kukrit, 65, Thailand's Prime Minister for the past year,...