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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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Cast

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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
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Yamagani San
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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

$719,885 (USA) (1 September 1986)

Gross:

$2,315,683 (USA)
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Trivia

The Peignot typeface in the opening credits was created in 1937, the same year in which the film's beginning is set. See more »

Goofs

In the harbor scene when Gloria meets Glendon most ships at the back have flags of communist China that did not even exist at that time (1938). See more »

Quotes

[first title card]
Title Card: Shanghai 1937
Title Card: The Year of the Japanese Occupation
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Soundtracks

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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It's actually much worse than you've heard--and that's the only surprise
23 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In 1938 China, a pretty but prim missionary needs to find a hidden stash of smuggled opium (for medicinal purposes!) and attempts to recruit the help of a ratty-looking con-man; his latest get-rich-quick scheme is glow-in-the-dark ties! After an OK opening (without Sean Penn and Madonna), this falls completely apart, weighed down by lethargic attempts at screwball comedy and no chemistry whatsoever between the leads (then a married couple). Based on Tony Kenrick's novel "Faraday's Flowers" (a better title), this failure from George Harrison's HandMade Films must have been a devastating blow to the ex-Beatle, who also executive produced, co-wrote the score and wrote and performed the songs (which are heavy on the camp-Asian allure). Just getting through the picture is a chore, and everything about it seems eternally misjudged. NO STARS from ****


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