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China Moon (1994)

Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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Kyle Bodine
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Rupert Munro
Patricia Healy ...
Adele
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Fraker
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Daryl Jeeters
Larry Shuler ...
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Theresa Bean ...
Felicity Turner
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Sam Myers ...
Blues Band
Anson Funderburgh ...
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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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He thought it was passion. It was deceit. He thought it was love. It was murder.


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Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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4 March 1994 (USA)  »

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A Lua dos Amantes  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,038,499 (USA)
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The row boat used by detective Kyle Bodine (Ed Harris) to swoon femme fatale, Rachel Munro (Madeleine Stowe), was built by Benecio Del Toro's father and gifted to director John Bailey only weeks before shooting. See more »

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When Rachel and Kyle are enjoying a nighttime canoe ride, Kyle is shown rowing the boat. Yet it's obvious that the boat isn't moving. See more »


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The proof is in the bullet!
6 January 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

John Bailey probably knew what he was getting into, when he read Roy Carlson's screen play, otherwise it doesn't make much sense to go ahead with a film that has been done better before. That said, "China Moon" is not a total disappointment.

If you haven't seen the movie, please stop reading here.

There are a few things that indicate that Rachel wanted to use Kyle from the beginning. There are also hints that Lamar, Kyle's detective partner, is into something. How could a good detective like Kyle fall prey to the exchange of the the bullet that is extracted from Rupert Monro's body? The filmmakers take a chance in presenting a half baked pie to the viewers, many of whom are into mysteries, and think the plot will be taken at face value, when in reality, our minds are going in different directions. The fans of this genre solve the puzzle before the movie's conclusion.

That said, the movie is easy to watch. Ed Harris, makes a credible Kyle. This actor is one of the best working in movies today, and even if it's not a good picture, Mr. Harris can be counted to give an excellent performance. His detective offers a good character study of a professional man that makes a fatal judgment when he gets involved with Rachel.

Madeleine Stowe is a beautiful woman. In this movie she plays Rachel with conviction; her scenes with Ed Harris shows clearly she can hold her own against anyone. Benicio Del Toro's Lamar, as Lamar, offers an interesting performance, something we expect from him as a matter of course. Charles Dance, as the rich husband who likes to fool around, is only seen too short.

This is a movie to watch when the weather is bad outside. It will please anyone who doesn't expect too much.


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