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Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)

 -  Romance | Western  -  November 1991 (USA)
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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 ... 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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November 1991 (USA)  »

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American Playhouse: Thousand Pieces of Gold  »

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$717,772 (USA)
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Chao and Cooper have chemistry to spare
1 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I wish this fantastic film were available on DVD. I own the VHS and find it more compelling with each viewing. Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper ( who later went on to win an Academy Award) give topnotch performances and make me believe in the power of love and redemption. Their slowly building relationship in a hostile world and its low-key but very powerful denouement is a textbook in fine acting.The historical period has been covered before but never from the point of view of a Chinese immigrant woman. Lalu's courage, strength and intelligence as well as her sensuous exotic beauty are inspirational. As Charlie, Cooper gives a fine portrayal of a decent if flawed man who triumphs in the end. A real classic!


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