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China Moon -- In this moody film noir, a small-town Florida detective's romance with a wealthy widow spins a web of deceit, betrayal and murder.  His official investigation of the crime backfires as the trial begins to point to him.
China Moon -- US Home Video Trailer from Orion


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Writer (WGA):
Roy Carlson (written by)
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Release Date:
4 March 1994 (USA) See more »
He thought it was passion. It was deceit. He thought it was love. It was murder.
Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ed Harris ... Kyle Bodine

Madeleine Stowe ... Rachel Munro

Charles Dance ... Rupert Munro

Patricia Healy ... Adele

Benicio Del Toro ... Lamar Dickey

Tim Powell ... Fraker

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Daryl Jeeters
Larry Shuler ... Patrolman at Turner's

Robb Edward Morris ... Officer Pinola
Paul Darby ... CSU Photographer
Theresa Bean ... Felicity Turner
Allen Prince ... Assistant M.E.
Sam Myers ... Blues Band
Anson Funderburgh ... Blues Band
Matt McCabe ... Blues Band
Jim Milan ... Blues Band
Danny Cochran ... Blues Band
Gregory Avellone ... JJ's Bartender

Sandy Martin ... Gun Saleswoman
Joseph E. Louden ... Detective
Janis Benson ... Rupert's Secretary
Peggy O'Neal ... Miami Desk Clerk

Buddy Dolan ... Sergeant
Special K. McCray ... Bunny (as Special 'K' McCray)
Rob Koch ... Miami Waiter (as Robert Koch)

Roger Aaron Brown ... Police Captain
Robert Burgos ... Harlan James
Steve Zurk ... Patrolman at H.Q.
Terrie Jameson ... Patrolwoman
Clifton Jones ... Dr. Ocampo

Marc Macaulay ... CSU Technician
Ralph Wilcox ... Ballistic Technician
Michael McDougal ... Sheriff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Spicer ... Preacher (uncredited)

Directed by
John Bailey 
Writing credits
Roy Carlson (written by)

Produced by
Roy Carlson .... associate producer
Carol Kim .... associate producer
Barrie M. Osborne .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Willy Kurant 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Jill Savitt 
Casting by
Elisabeth Leustig 
Production Design by
Conrad E. Angone 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Henderson 
Set Decoration by
Don K. Ivey 
Costume Design by
Vicki Graef 
Elizabeth McBride 
Makeup Department
Selena Evans-Miller .... assistant makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Neal Martz .... special makeup department head
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Production Management
Paul Moen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vicki Jackson-Lemay .... second assistant director
Eric Jewett .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Balling .... charge scenic
Lewis Bowen .... stand-by scenic
William A. Cimino .... set dresser
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator
James P. Crapser .... propmaker
Henry Dando .... set dresser
Robert W. Henderson .... assistant art director (as Robert Henderson)
William D. McLane .... lead man
Rick Recio .... set dresser
Alan S. Reynolds .... lead scenic artist
Nicholas J. Romanac .... property master
Philip Schneider .... property assistant
Harley Whitehurst .... painter : uncredited)
Jack Reeves .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
John Keating .... temp dub re-recording mixer
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
James E. Webb .... sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects supervisor
Thomas Kittle .... special effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects foreman
Tom Bahr .... stunts
Dennis Deveaugh .... stunts
Artie Malesci .... stunts
Patrick Selts .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
David Burnett .... best boy
Sean Conklin .... grip
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater camera operator
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Joe Mast .... rigging grip
James McGrath .... key grip
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Bill Nielsen Jr.)
Greg Patterson .... set lighting
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Pierre Roseman .... gaffer: second unit
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Dessert .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Raúl Dávalos .... first assistant editor
Ed Stabile .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Rolf Johnson .... assistant music editor
Harvey Shield .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Other crew
Jennifer Baca .... production assistant
Jeffrey T. Barabe .... production assistant
Nancy Blewer .... assistant: Ed Harris
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... first assistant accountant
Shawn Boyachek .... production assistant
Sondra Dee Boyachek .... additional production coordinator
Alba Francesca .... assistant: John Baily
Sydney Gilner .... script supervisor
Edward Gorsuch .... production assistant
Joseph E. Louden .... homicide technical advisor
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Robert Thorson .... accountant
Zane Weiner .... location manager

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Rated R for sensuality, language and violence
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Filmed in 1990-91, it was thrown into limbo when production company Orion filed for bankruptcy in late 1991. After a reorganization, the film finally had its theatrical debut in 1994.See more »
Errors in geography: When Harris meets Stowe to warn her that the police will want to interview again it's at night in the woods in Florida. As Harris utters his last lines of the scene you can see his breath condensing from the cold.See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The proof is in the bullet!, 6 January 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

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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