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High Road to China (1983)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  18 March 1983 (USA)
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A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord.

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A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Tom Selleck takes you on a high adventure! See more »


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18 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La gran ruta hacia China  »

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$28,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The yahoo reference for the "Ox is slow" quote also says it was MADE UP for the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the climactic battle scene, a number of the Chinese peasants can be seen using Mauser 98k rifles, a variant of the 1898 Mauser which wasn't introduced until 1935, at least a decade after this film is set. See more »

Quotes

Patrick O' Malley: You wrecked my plane!
Eve "Evie" Tozer: It was always a wreck!
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Referenced in Flight (2012) See more »

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Charleston
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Written by Cecil Mack and James P. Johnson
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For fans of slapstick & VCA's (Veteran Character Actors)
8 November 2004 | by (FL Panhandle) – See all my reviews

Drama, funny, & veteran character actors out the kazoo. Robert Morley (rest his soul) is great as the malicious bumbling nemesis, & Wilford Brimley is letter-perfect as the eccentric good-guy geezer. Jack Weston is stellar as sidekick, Brian Blessed is appropriately malevolent as Suleman Khan, & Timothy Bateson is 1st-rate as Morley's sniveling toady. All of this is overshadowed (but not over the top) by the absolutely perfect chemistry between Selleck & Armstrong, though. Yeah, sure, the conceit of the snotty-rich-girl-drives-the-heart-of-gold-tough-guy-crazy love story has been done to death, but never executed quite like this. These two make an on-screen couple at the level of Bogey/Bacall, Fred/Ginger, & George/Gracie.

Selleck's charisma normally dominates other actors' presence; Armstrong more than holds her own, which is saying a lot for any actress, much less one not on the A-list. The cinematography is exceptionally well-done. All in all, this is one seriously underrated flick, & a movie I'd buy in a heartbeat if it ever became available on DVD, which sadly I doubt it ever will. :(


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