A brash 22-year-old FBI agent trumps up charges of Communist spying against a Chinese laundryman. Ten years later, he wants to make amends to the man and his teenage daughter.

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Agent Kevin David Walker
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Marilyn Song
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Agent Ron Pirelli
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Cynthia
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FBI chief
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Benny Ying
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Chen Jung Song
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Jay Jacobus ...
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Wilbur Jung ...
Chinese defendant
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Fresh out of law school, Kevin Walker is recruited into the FBI and commissioned to root out communist subversives amongst the San Francisco Chinese community. He finds a loophole that will enable him to prosecute, but his loyalties become divided when he falls in love with Marilyn, a laundryman's daughter. Written by Jonathan Ridsdale <JR@kingston.ac.uk>

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Some loves are impossible. But they are loves just the same.

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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28 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Um Amor Assassino  »

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$395,105 (USA)
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In the dance hall scene, when the camera moves behind the drummer, the drumhead on the drumset are Remo PinStripe heads - two layers of transparent Mylar with a thin film of oil between the heads. Mylar drumheads were invented in the mid 1950s. PinStripe drum heads were not available until 1973, when they were released by Remo. See more »

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MELLOW SOULFUL
Written by Royal Crown Revue
Published by Better Youth Publishers (ASCAP) 1991
Royal Crown Revue appears by Courtesy of Big Daddy Records
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love and witch hunts
5 May 2015 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

John Madden's "Golden Gate" mixes issues of racism with McCarthy-era witch hunts. Matt Dillon plays an FBI agent in San Francisco who trumps up charges against a Chinese-American man and later starts up a relationship with the man's daughter (Joan Chen). I actually thought that one of the most effective scenes was the college scene in which the Asian-American students reflect on discrimination. But even so I thought that they did a sufficient job looking at the issues. I understand that screenwriter David Henry Hwang is a noted dramatist; indeed, part of the movie feels like a play.

Anyway, pretty good movie. Also starring Bruno Kirby (young Pete Clemenza in "The Godfather Part II"), Teri Polo (Pam in "Meet the Parents") and Tzi Ma (one of the accomplices in the remake of "The Ladykillers").


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