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Shanghai Surprise (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  29 August 1986 (USA)
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Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Glendon Wasey
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Walter Faraday
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Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer ...
Justin Kronk
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Joe Go
Kay Tong Lim ...
Mei Gan
Sonserai Lee ...
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Ho Chong
Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Yamagani San
Michael Aldridge ...
Mr. Burns
Sarah Lam ...
China Doll's Maid
George She ...
Wu Ch'En She
Won Gam Bor ...
Rickshaw King
To Chee Kan ...
China Doll's Boatman
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Storyline

Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they are up against every thug and smuggler in Shangai. Written by Mehmet Karaca <mkaraca@ibm.net>

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A romantic adventure for the dangerous at heart.


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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Aventuras en Shanghai  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,315,683 (USA)
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Trivia

Final film of writer-producer John Kohn. See more »

Goofs

During the bathhouse scene Justin tells Glendon that the Chinese use tomato juice to remove the stench of skunks. Of course there are no skunks in China. Skunks live only in North America. See more »

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[first title card]
Title Card: Shanghai 1937
Title Card: The Year of the Japanese Occupation
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Music & Lyrics by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison
Courtesy of Dark Horse Records & Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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It's true : one of the worst movie ever, Madonna or not (web)
8 March 2015 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

When the opening credits start, you are surprised how it's immediately bad : the song is lame, the visual inspiration is particularly awful. Then, the first scene comes and you are already bored. Then, comes Madonna, Sean Penn and nothing changes : there are no story, no action, no exoticism ! This is like this for nearly 100 minutes and if you wonder why the movie bombed, well, now you know ! For those who expected a firework between the new spouses, it's a disappointment : it's maybe the first couple on a screen who doesn't exude a little chemistry between them ! Shot on locations on Macau, you expected to feel like « Empire of the sun » or « Indy 2 » but the places are limited to the port, a lake, and looks like today! The big action sequence is a ridiculous rickshaw pursuit and the special effects are just laughable as much as they are bad (exploded hands, tomato blood!)... In other words, the movie is just totally uninteresting and in addition totally salvaged by a inept crew!


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