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John Kohn (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
29 August 1986 (USA) See more »
A romantic adventure for the dangerous at heart.
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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1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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The worst lead actress performance in a major American release EVER See more (29 total) »


  (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
Kai Shing Lau .... assistant makeup artist: Hong Kong
Paolo Mantini .... hair stylist
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
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
Location Management
Laurie Borg .... location manager: UK
Wai-Chung Chan .... location manager: Hong Kong (as Alice Chan)
Andy Ma .... location manager: Hong Kong
Yiu Wah Moon .... location assistant: Hong Kong
Kingston Shek .... location assistant: Hong Kong (as Shek Sui Lun)
Pang Shing .... location assistant: Hong Kong
Wong Yiu .... location assistant: Hong Kong
Music Department
William Diver .... music editor
Richard Dodd .... music engineer
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Ray Cooper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mark Thomas .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Hollywood .... unit driver
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Bobby Blues .... production accountant (as Bob Blues)
Lesley Broderick .... assistant accountant
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Marina Choi .... liaison: Macau
Gordon Davis .... assistant accountant
Jacky Holding .... accounting secretary
Mark Layton .... production assistant
Ringo Lee .... traffic captain: Hong Kong
Peter Leung .... marine coordinator
Bruce Osborne .... vintage cars supplier
Guy Tannahill .... security consultant
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes)
Dickie Tai Ho Wong .... assistant accountant: Hong Kong
Kathy Sykes .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

This was the only film written by Robert Bentley.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first title card]
Title Card:Shanghai 1937
Title Card:The Year of the Japanese Occupation
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Terminal Exposure (1987)See more »
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The worst lead actress performance in a major American release EVER, 17 August 2008
Author: tonyblass from Los Angeles, CA

There is no reason to struggle with justifications, nor to reach for words to describe such an amateurish, hackneyed, stilted, banal ... well, there I go. Just suffice to it say that it is completely understandable why the talented Mr. Penn reportedly chose to stay drunk for every shooting day of this miserable, limp, pointless ... you see where I'm going. However bad you remember it to be, you must re-see it to believe it. Madonna is the worst American actress of all time without peer. The only thing she's done on film that is worth seeing is Evita (a music video) and "Desperately Seeking Susan" (in which she has little dialog and rolls her eyes a lot).

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