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Shanghai Surprise (1986)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 29 August 1986 (USA)
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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Glendon Wasey
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Walter Faraday
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Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer ...
Justin Kronk
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Joe Go
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Mei Gan
Sonserai Lee ...
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Ho Chong
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Yamagani San
Michael Aldridge ...
Mr. Burns
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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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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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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,315,683 (USA)
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The picture was nominated for six Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Director - Jim Goddard, Worst Actor - Sean Penn, Worst Screenplay - John Kohn & Robert Bentley and Worst Original Song - "Shanghai Surprise". The movie won one Razzie and that was for Worst Actress - Madonna who would win back-to-back Razzies in this category, taking out the Worst Actress award again the following year for Who's That Girl (1987). See more »

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When Wasey and Miss Tatlock catch up with Faraday in the ship's cabin, the amount of shaving-foam on Faraday's face varies between shots. 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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Hottest gong in town
Music & Lyrics by George Harrison
Arranged by John Du Prez
Performed by The Zig Zaggers
Courtesy of Dark Horse Records & Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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The only surprise is how this movie got made
2 October 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The only surprise is how this movie ended up being made. HA HA.The plot has Gloria(Madonna) as a missionary who needs to get some jewels to buy opium.In turn to sell the opium for medicine for the mission. She is joined by (Glendon)Sean Penn who helps her to get the jewels and avoid the sneaky Walter Faraday(played by Paul Freeman) who is after them and the jewels.He is disguised as an old man whom Gloria thinks is just a storekeeper.Most of the action is corny , the acting bad ,poor writing but you can't blame it all on the writers.Casting Madonna as a virginal missionary and Sean Penn in an Indiana Jones type role was pure idiocy. Actually ,I will say one positive thing , I did like the soundtrack-all of the songs are performed by the late former beatle George Harrison. The only reason I went to see it at the time was I loved Madonna and her music and wanted to see her on screen. She was terrible and so was Sean Penn(he is so damn ugly) how could they cast him as a romantic lead.Guess because they were going together at the time. 4 stars for the soundtrack by George Harrison, 0 stars for the movie itself.

Of note to movie buffs - Paul Freeman who plays the bad guy Walter Faraday in this movie was also in Raiders of the Lost Ark playing Indy's nemesis Belloq.


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