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Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)

PG-13 | | Romance, Western | November 1991 (USA)
In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who ... See full summary »

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Lalu
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Charlie
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Hong King
Dennis Dun ...
Jim
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Jonas
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Miles
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Ohio
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Berthe
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Li Ping
Chris Evans ...
Sailor #2
Weili Fan ...
Sayan
Evan C. Kim ...
Shun Lee
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Ah Ling
John M. Hosking ...
Watkins
Mary Matvy ...
Françoise
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In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who renames her China Polly and plans to sell her as entertainment for the locals. Refusing to become a whore, Lalu ultimately finds her own way in this strange country filled with white demons. Written by Kelley O.

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A testament to the strength of the human spirit

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American Playhouse: Thousand Pieces of Gold  »

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$717,772 (USA)
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Based on the true story of "China Polly". See more »

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Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) See more »

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One of American Playhouse's finest
12 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I haven't seen this since it was on TV over fifteen years ago, its memory came and struck me again tonight right out of the blue while I was eating dinner. I was so supremely impressed with this at the time I saw it on PBS that I have no trouble now remembering the title immediately, along with the names Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper, even after all these years. So, I just had to come here now while I'm thinking of it and register my approval.

If this were available on DVD, I'd buy it today. But it seems to me that what America really needs, entertainment-wise, is an American Playhouse anthology on DVD. If The American Film Theatre can put out a fourteen-volume anthology (in three sets), and if we can get "Fifty Years of Janus Films" in one giant collection, why not American Playhouse?


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