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See China and Die (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  9 December 1981 (USA)
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A maid who reads detective stories finds herself embroiled in a real life mystery involving her dead boss and a mysterious statue he brought back from China.

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Momma Sykes
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Sgt. Alvin Sykes (as Kene Holliday)
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Tom Hackman
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Ames Prescott
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Dr. Glickman (as Lawrence G. Luckinbill)
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Poston
Jane Hitchcock ...
Ruth
Claude Brooks ...
Jessie Sykes
William Walker II ...
Andy Sykes
Miguel Pinero ...
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Jack Straw ...
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Arthur French ...
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James Dukas ...
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A maid who reads detective stories finds herself embroiled in a real life mystery involving her dead boss and a mysterious statue he brought back from China. Written by Mike Justice <Fergus21@hotmail.com>

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Esther Rolle, Estelle Evans and Rosanna Carter are all sisters to one another. See more »

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[Momma Sykes suspects a tenant in the building killed her boss]
Momma Sykes: I need you to search all the apartments while you're cleaning up.
1st Maid: I can't conduct a search and do my job, both!
Momma Sykes: Woman, if you can clean and watch daytime TV, you can clean and search!
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Esther Rolle - A Great Actress
4 December 1998 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

"See China, And Die" starring Miss Esther Rolle. I loved her. She recently died and I was very sad - mixed emotions surrounded me as I thought back to seeing Miss Rolle on the screen, both tv and in the movies. She was a wonderful actress.

Her starring role in the long running series, "Good Times," gave me many years of entertainment. She was a strong, concerned mother, who loved her children and an excellent wife who stood by her husband, who faced racism, joblessness and frustration in white America. Rolle gave pathos and exhilaration to her role as "Florida" in this series.

When I saw, "See China, And Die" on tv, Rolle made me love her more. She was playing a maid again, but this time, an amateur detective who was trying to solve the case of her murdered boss.

Her arrogance reminded me of an earlier movie maid, Hattie McDaniel, who, tho subservient, was a bold and earthy woman. Miss Rolle was the "maid" for several tenants in the building where her boss was killed. She solved the case despite the police and her policeman/detective son who tried unsuccessfully to quash her "work".

During the proceedings, Rolle almost got herself killed, but turned the tables on all suspects during a dinner revelation of the "real killer".

The picture was fun, because Esther Rolle brought her special quality, as an actress to the the role of "Mama". The New York locations added a touch of authenticity to the film.

I enjoyed many of the performances, especially Fritz Weaver, Paul Dooley and the rest of the cast.

Many people have caught this film on late night tv and enjoyed it, and then, putting ads in publications trying to find ANYone who had a copy of the film. They wanted to add it to their personal collections. I was lucky...I have a copy.


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