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Director:
Writers:
John Kohn (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
29 August 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A romantic adventure for the dangerous at heart.
Plot:
Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It ain't Indiana Jones See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Penn ... Glendon Wasey

Madonna ... Gloria Tatlock

Paul Freeman ... Walter Faraday

Richard Griffiths ... Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer ... Justin Kronk

Clyde Kusatsu ... Joe Go
Kay Tong Lim ... Mei Gan
Sonserai Lee ... China Doll

Victor Wong ... 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
David Li ... Doorman at Zig-Zag Club
Keith Bonnard ... Maitre'D at Zig-Zag Club
Claire Lutter ... Prostitute
Pamela Yang ... Prostitute
Michael Chow ... Street Barker
Samuel Tsao ... Street Barker

Philip Tan ... Ship's Officer

George Harrison ... Night Club Singer

Directed by
Jim Goddard 
 
Writing credits
John Kohn (screenplay) &
Robert Bentley (screenplay)

Tony Kenrick (from the novel "Faraday's Flowers")

Produced by
Robin Douet .... co-producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
John Kohn .... producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
Sara Romilly .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
George Harrison 
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze  (as Ernie Vincze)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Sheldon 
 
Casting by
Judy Dennis 
Ann Fielden 
Patricia Pao  (as Pat Pao)
 
Production Design by
Peter Mullins 
 
Art Direction by
David Minty 
John Siddall 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup supervisor
Sallie Evans .... assistant makeup artist: UK
Graham Freeborn .... assistant makeup artist: Hong Kong
Paolo Mantini .... hair stylist
Lau Kai Shing .... assistant makeup artist: Hong Kong
Simon Thompson .... supervising hair stylist
Julien Young .... assistant hair stylist: Hong Kong
 
Production Management
Matthew Binns .... unit manager: Hong Kong
David Brown .... production manager
Titus Ho .... production manager: Hong Kong
Peter Kohn .... production manager
Virginia Lok .... production manager: Hong Kong
Po-Nan Wen .... production manager: Hong Kong (as Pak Nam Wan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
To Chee Kan .... assistant director: Hong Kong
May Leung .... assistant director: Hong Kong
Gino Marotta .... assistant director
Patty Chan Morrison .... first assistant director: Hong Kong (as Patty Chan)
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... third assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
Kevin Westley .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Amanda Ackland-Snow .... assistant set dresser
Frank Adam .... stand-by painter
Barry Arnold .... propman
Brian Blues .... supervising carpenter
Desmond Crowe .... assistant art director
Derek Dackombe .... supervising painter
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Lee Tai Hang .... art department assistant: Hong Kong
Bill Hargreaves .... stand-by propman
Raymond Hawtree .... supervising carpenter
Dave Jordan .... property master
Horace Ma .... art department assistant: Hong Kong
Brian Mitchell .... stand-by stagehand
Con Murphy .... stand-by rigger
John Park .... construction manager
Lee Tin Pong .... painter: Hong Kong
Ray Staples .... supervising plasterer
Jack Stephens .... set dresser
Ted Stickley .... propman
Wally Tomlinson .... property buyer
Tommy Westbrook .... stand-by carpenter (as Tom Westbrook)
Dean Coldham .... plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Barnes .... dialogue editor
Andrew Boulton .... sound mixer
Rodney Glenn .... foley editor
Graham Harris .... sound effects editor
David Pearson .... boom operator
Clive Pendry .... assistant dubbing mixer
John Pitt .... sound maintenance
John Poyner .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects technician (as Dave Beavis)
Chan Hau Chung .... special effects assistant: Hong Kong
Paul Knowles .... special effects technician
David H. Watkins .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Geoff Axtell .... opticals
 
Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunts
Terry Cade .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunts (as Stephen Dent)
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Terence Plummer .... stunts (as Terry Plumer)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Atkinson .... clapper loader
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Peter Butler .... grip
John Clark .... best boy
George Cole .... gaffer
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Frederick Crawford .... chargehand rigger
Alfie Emmins .... electrician (as Alfred Emmins)
Terry Fu .... assistant camera: Hong Kong
Timothy Hoh .... assistant camera: Hong Kong
Graham Holley .... generator operator
Robert Huke .... camera operator (as Bob Huke)
Cheuk Man Ko .... gaffer: Hong Kong
Ron Lenoir .... chargehand rigger
Raymond Mills .... electrician
Brian Smith .... electrician
Martin Testar .... focus puller
Nigel Seal .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colette Koo .... wardrobe assistant: Hong Kong
Keith Morton .... wardrobe master
Elsa Soustre .... wardrobe assistant: Hong Kong
Sue Wain .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Peter Baldock .... assistant editor
Roy Benson .... assistant editor
Clive Hartley .... assistant editor
Stefan Henrix .... assistant editor
Michael Redfern .... assistant editor (as Mike Redfern)
John Stanborough .... color timer
Bettina Woolgar .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
William Diver .... music editor
Richard Dodd .... music engineer
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer
Ray Cooper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Hollywood .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Bobby Blues .... production accountant (as Bob Blues)
Laurie Borg .... location manager: UK
Lesley Broderick .... assistant accountant
Wai-Chung Chan .... location manager: Hong Kong (as Alice Chan)
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Marina Choi .... liaison: Macau
Gordon Davis .... assistant accountant
Wong Tai Ho Dickie .... assistant accountant: Hong Kong
Jacky Holding .... accounting secretary
Mark Layton .... production assistant
Ringo Lee .... traffic captain: Hong Kong
Peter Leung .... marine coordinator
Andy Ma .... location manager: Hong Kong
Bruce Osborne .... vintage cars supplier
Kingston Shek .... location assistant: Hong Kong (as Shek Sui Lun)
Pang Shing .... location assistant: Hong Kong
Guy Tannahill .... security consultant
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
Moon Yiu Wah .... location assistant: Hong Kong
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes)
Wong Yiu .... location assistant: Hong Kong
Kathy Sykes .... production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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97 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was just the second feature film (after Bones (1985)) directed by Jim Goddard who had extensively worked in television since the mid-1960s. It would also be Goddard's last feature film until 1997's The House of Angelo (1997).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
[first title card]
Title Card:Shanghai 1937
Title Card:The Year of the Japanese Occupation
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Critical Condition (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Someplace ElseSee more »

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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
It ain't Indiana Jones, 1 September 2003
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

If nothing else this film has heart. I remember years ago all the hype that was injected into this film aimed at adolescent girls (i.e. Madonna fans), with the angle being that they would get to see the then infamous couple of Penn and Madonna frolic on the big silver screen.

Well, it didn't take a rocket scientist to know where this film was headed. Like with all films when the hype exceeds previously good, yet unhyped, films you know something's up.

The story itself isn't bad. It's kind of hackneyed at points, but that's its genre, and for what the film is it works after a fashion. There're only two real problems with this film;

1) Madonna's then acting capabilities. It's not bad for a performer who's more used to singing and dancing, and it's unfair to expect anything more from her, but her acting talent then was what it was; lacking. Let's face it, she's a better singer and dancer than an actress, and this comes from a man who is not one of her fans.

2)The second problem is the actual filming and execution of this film. The storie's there, the acting's there (Madonna not withstanding), and so forth, but there's little in the way of coverage or good cinematography. It's passing. It gets the job done. But the shots are those of a low budget flick. I believe there was a real opportunity to create atmosphere with good camera direction, but the focus of the film wasn't art so much as it was to capitalize on the then Madonna-Penn phenomenon (the film itself was riding the coat tails of Indiana Jones and The High Road to China films).

And that last part is really too bad, because this film could've been much more. At least when I saw it on HBO years ago the print I saw then was clear, corrected, crisp and otherwise very viewable. Today I had a gander at the recently released DVD, and it looks like the owners of the property took an old 16mm broadcast print and had some fly by night tranfer company encode it on a DVD master; complete with a couple of scratches on grainy film stock.

In short, if you didn't like it the first time, then don't bother with the DVD because it's even worse. If you got a spare evening, and your friend loaned you the disk, or it's available at the library, then give it a look, but don't expect too much.

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