MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 32,888 this week

The Chinese Typewriter (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 22 users  
Reviews: 2 user

This unsold TV pilot set in Hawaii is about two PIs hired by an airline company to retrieve a stolen jet, the company's latest prototype.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 65 titles
created 09 Aug 2013
 
a list of 803 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 765 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 54 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Chinese Typewriter (TV Movie 1979)

The Chinese Typewriter (TV Movie 1979) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Chinese Typewriter.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Satan's bug, a deadly pathogen, is being developed in a secret Nazi laboratory underneath a vineyard in an occupied French village during WWII. A team of allied operatives must infiltrate ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: James Whitmore Jr., Tom Selleck, Joseph Ruskin
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins
Divorce Wars: A Love Story (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

High-powered Seattle divorce lawyer Jack Sturgess discovers that his own marriage is failing and must juggle his own domestic conflicts with his clients' problems.

Director: Donald Wrye
Stars: Tom Selleck, Jane Curtin, Candice Azzara
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston
Last Stand at Saber River (TV Movie 1997)
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As America recovers from the Civil War, one man tries to put the pieces of his life back together but finds himself fighting a new battle on the frontier. Cable is an embittered Confederate... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Tom Selleck, Suzy Amis, Rachel Duncan
Reversible Errors (TV Movie 2004)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A corporate lawyer's interest in a decade-old murder case is piqued by a new confession that could clear the convicted killer, who sits on death row.

Director: Mike Robe
Stars: William H. Macy, Tom Selleck, Monica Potter
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The power of words and images to open hearts. Helen runs, miles a day, to burn off energy: she's an emotional celibate. Going through the post at her shop, she finds a romantic and poetic ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Kate Capshaw, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck
Mr. Baseball (1992)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A fading baseball player is traded to a Japanese team and has trouble fitting into the society.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi
Broken Trust (TV Movie 1995)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Judge Nash is highly regarded for his position and decisions in the courtroom. He's approached by a special agent from a government task force investigating corrupt judges and lawyers, and ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Tom Selleck, Elizabeth McGovern, William Atherton
Touch 'Em All McCall (TV Movie 2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Tom Selleck, Susan Diol, Paul Dooley
Ruby Jean and Joe (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The elderly and fading rodeo-rider Joe Wade (Tom Selleck) picks up the young female hitchhiker Ruby Jean (Rebekah Johnson). Even though that Joe is constantly being corrected by Ruby Jean ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Tom Selleck, Rebekah Johnson, JoBeth Williams
Superdome (TV Movie 1978)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

It's Superbowl. And there's a lot of drama, one of the players, Dave Wolecki, has been so preoccupied with the game and if his bum knee will hold out until the game, has been completely ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: David Janssen, Edie Adams, Clifton Davis
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Tom Boston
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Jim Kilbride
Lane Bradbury ...
Louise-Jill
...
Devlin
...
Armand Beller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime Lyn Bauer ...
Jill Miller
Mike Brick ...
Vince Kilbride
Norman Fields ...
Guard
Elizabeth Halliday ...
Diana Kilbride
...
Toby Nash
June Whitley Taylor ...
Mrs. Beller
Edit

Storyline

This unsold TV pilot set in Hawaii is about two PIs hired by an airline company to retrieve a stolen jet, the company's latest prototype.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Boston and Kilbride  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Typical TV Pilot Film
16 May 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is the movie version of a 1979 pilot written by Stephen Cannell for Tom Selleck and James Whitmore Jr. It's an average story about two opposites (one's a genius, the other's a weapons expert) who team up for "impossible cases". It is more interesting as a period piece for the time and for the locations that were used. Parts were filmed in Hawaii, apparently at the estate that would later be used for "Magnum PI". Tom Selleck is a work in progress in this vehicle, playing a one note character and providing the eye candy. James Whitmore Jr. gets to play a more interesting set of characters throughout the story. They are a good team. Too bad they didn't do more together. This movie, paired with all the other pilots that Selleck did in the 70's prior to "Magnum", might make for a fun evening of mindless entertainment. Of course, you will have to beg Universal Studios to release the Tom Selleck collection to DVD or VHS first! This film is currently only available in Europe.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Saw it today dennyden310
Discuss The Chinese Typewriter (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?