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The Protector (1985)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  23 August 1985 (USA)
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Two New York cops, Billy Wong and Danny Garoni, head to Hong Kong after the daughter of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord, Mr. Ko.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy Wong
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Danny Garoni
Sandy Alexander ...
Gang Leader
Victor Arnold ...
Police Captain
Kim Bass ...
Stan Jones
Irene Britto ...
Masseuse #1
Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus ...
Jesse Alexander
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Helicopter Pilot
Roy Chiao ...
Mr. Ko
Richard Clarke ...
Superintendant Whitehead
Patrick James Clarke ...
Michael Alexander
Ron Dandrea ...
Martin Shapiro
Valerie De Pena ...
Punk Woman
Saun Ellis ...
Laura Shapiro
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Billy Wong is a New York City cop whose partner is gunned down during a robbery. Billy and his new partner, Danny Garoni, are working security at a fashion show when a wealthy man's daughter, Laura Shapiro, is kidnapped. The Federal authorities suspect that Laura's father is involved with Mr. Ko, a Hong Kong drug kingpin, so the NYC police commissioner sends the two cops to Hong Kong to investigate. Once in Hong Kong, the pair causes no end of trouble for both Mr. Ko and the local authorities. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Now, New York has a new weapon - A cop with his own way of fighting crime


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Trivia

Apart from the New York Exterior shots, and selected interiors. The majority of the movie was shot in Hong Kong, even the bar interior for the opening gunfight was shot in Hong Kong. See more »

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In the boat chase scene, the camera helicopter's shadow is seen on the water. See more »

Quotes

Danny Garoni: [seeing the sniper and asking for the portable cannon] Give me that fucking thing! Give it to me, come on!
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Featured in Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) See more »

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NIGHT WIND
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Composed by James Wong
Performed by Sally Yeh
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4 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie suffers from the fact that for years Hollywood had no clue as to how to package Jackie Chan for the masses. His low-budget Hong Kong movies were all fast-paced kinetic thrillers that highlight his amazing gymnastic skills and talent for light comedy. His early Hollywood films stuck him in the same movies that were being packaged for Stallone or Chuck Norris. There is nothing about Chan's character in this movie that requires the character to be Asian except for his being the star. In his Hong Kong films Chan is never dull, with the movies being one rapid-fire martial arts sequence after another, but "The Protector" is lifeless throughout. Danny Aiello isn't given much to work with either and the lacking chemistry between the two probably is more a result of the script and direction than how the two actors got on together. Both have been better in worse movies. The best thing about the movie is the Hong Kong settings. The worst part is the appalling way that Jackie Chan comes off so colorless and drab. It wouldn't be until the made-in-Canada "Rumble in the Bronx" that the west would finally figure out how to make a good Jackie Chan movie.


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