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China Gate (1957)

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In 1954, during the French Indochina War, an Eurasian female smuggler and a group of French Foreign Legion mercenaries, infiltrate the enemy territory in order to destroy an arms depot.

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Sgt. Brock
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Lucky Legs
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Goldie
Paul Dubov ...
Capt. Caumont
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Maj. Cham
George Givot ...
Cpl. Pigalle
Gerald Milton ...
Pvt. Andreades
Neyle Morrow ...
Leung
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Father Paul
Maurice Marsac ...
Col. De Sars
Warren Hsieh ...
The Boy
Paul Busch ...
Cpl. Kruger
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Charlie
Willie Soo Hoo ...
Moi Leader (as William Soo Hoo)
Walter Soo Hoo ...
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Storyline

Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border, to blow up an arms depot. A Eurasian smuggler, Lucky Legs, agrees to use her connections to help them, in return getting her son into America. The racist father of the boy, Sergeant Brock, is also part of the multinational group. Lucky Legs must use the love of a Eurasian guerilla leader, Major Cham, to get access to the base. Will they destroy the base, and will Brock overcome his racism before Lucky Legs makes The Ultimate Sacrifice? Written by Peter Reiher

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Love and War in French Indo-China! See more »

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Action | War | Drama

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August 1957 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Gates of China  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The film was never released in France because the French government of the day deemed the film's prologue too harsh towards France.The French Consul-General in Los Angeles, Romain Gary, asked producer and director Samuel Fuller to change the film's prologue but Fuller refused. See more »

Goofs

Film flopped when Lucky Legs and Sgt. Brock go into the tree house. The sniper has a left handed rifle, Sgt. Brock's knife is on the wrong side, and his watch has moved to his right wrist. See more »

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Music by Victor Young Extended by his old friend Max Steiner See more »

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China Gate
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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anti-commie anti-racism from the great Sam Fuller
24 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

On this evidence, Fuller is a strident and uncompromising anti-Communist anti-racist. You heard me. This is a late-50s movie about 'Indochina' - a little ahead of the curve there! - which takes the USA to task for not leaping right in there with their French pals; the enemy has Stalin all over the wall of their lookout posts. So it's more than a little silly, to put it nicely. But given this, the racial issues it confronts are above and beyond the call of duty - the espionage tour our heroes embark on is really an opportunity for dynamite expert Gene Barry to smarten up after abandoning his distinctly Asian-featured kid from his liaison with half-white Lucky Legs (Angie Dickinson). Along the way there are exciting scenes, surprisingly well-modulated performances, and a budget-conscious stylistic trick I've never seen before: shot almost entirely in wide master shot, Fuller constantly pans-and-scans the black-and-white Scope image to approximate camera movement. Here's a guy who's smart enough to know that grainy (not to mention silly) won't matter if the damn thing MOVES.


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