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High Road to China (1983)

During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.

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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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18 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Höllenjagd bis ans Ende der Welt  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In the scene where they first arrive in Afghanistan, Tom Selleck really slaps Bess Armstrong in the face hard enough to knock her to the ground. See more »

Goofs

Aircraft from this era did not have electrical starters. See more »

Quotes

Evie: Which one of you boys would like the honour of loaning me an airplane.
RAF Officer: The RAF would be proud to loan Miss Tozer an aircraft.
Evie: [Blows him a kiss] I'll have it back in two weeks!
RAF Officer: Oh wait a minute, I thought you meant just for the night. Sorry.
[Silence]
Evie: Anyone Else?
[Pause]
Evie: No more heroes? So long boys.
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Referenced in Psych: Daredevils! (2008) See more »

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Oh When the Saints
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[Heard on a gramophone in Nepalese village]
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For fans of slapstick & VCA's (Veteran Character Actors)
8 November 2004 | by (SC Piedmont) – 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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