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15 May 1985 (USA) See more »
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Cast

 

Patricia Duff
Ken Fagen ... 'Half-Time'
John Greene ... Maitre D'
Diana Haye
David Ho
Jean Marie Hon

James Hong ... Key Tam

Nancy Kwan ... Lily
Alice Lau
Terry Lester ... Joe Blade

Keye Luke

Anthony Newley ... Tommy T
Hong-Ning Ng (as Alex Ng)

Leslie Nielsen ... Harry Ingersoll
Michael Preston ... Charters
Ellen Regan ... Krista Vale

Scott Shaw ... Jimmy T.
Melanie Vincz

Directed by
Reza Badiyi 
 
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Gordon Cotler 

Produced by
Terry Becker .... producer
James A. Westman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Kurtz 
 
Cinematography by
Woody Omens 
 
Film Editing by
Leon Carrere 
 
Casting by
David Graham 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... second unit director
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Grant Swain .... property master
 
Sound Department
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunt coordinator
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunt double: Terry Lester
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Harry Rez .... key grip
 
Other crew
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Alan J. Lam .... production accountant
 

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USA:100 min
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More Pleasure In Seeing Hong Kong Than In Following The Storyline., 5 March 2006
Author: rsoonsa (rsoonsa@bandbbooks.com) from Mountain Mesa, California

This endeavour to produce a television pilot film is blessed with having location shooting in Hong Kong, easily one of the Far East's most picturesque cities, but the work was understandably not claimed as forerunner of a TV series since the artless heroics of the eponymous hero, Joe Blade (Terry Lester), although adequately vigorous, are no substitute for a well-crafted script, and such is not available here. Action opens at a retirement banquet being held for a venerable Hong Kong businessman (Keye Luke), who we learn has adopted Blade as son, and during the festive function Joe, a private investigator, foils an attempted assassination of his "father", following which he chases the culprits, a pursuit that leads him into many dangerous and fairly absurd situations, during most of which he is physically attacked, as is customary with fictional private eyes. Joe also utilizes the proffered aid of a local street ragamuffin and finds opportunity to develop a romantic relationship with an attractive clothing designer, played by Ellen Regan, but most of his activity is composed of somewhat monotonous and quite predictable episodes that engage him in trying to protect his adoptive father who seemingly has little concern for his own safety. There is scant suspense fostered by this routine melodrama, with the script including a good deal of expository dialogue that is meant to provide backgrounds of the characters and, in addition to being less than subtle, this is indicative of typical television productions along with the single takes and obvious editing of scenes to provide for commercial breaks. Leslie Nielsen, and Nancy Kwan, are cast as a deceitful entrepreneur, and his wife, and come off better defined than first billed Lester, who wants authority within his conception of his part, notably so in romantic sequences with Regan; as might be expected, Luke wins acting honours handily as he makes something substantial of his lines. There is a good deal of footage depicting Hong Kong, perhaps the most interesting minutes of this by the numbers affair.

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