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China Gate (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | August 1957 (Austria)
In 1954, during the French Indochina War, an Eurasian female smuggler and a group of French Foreign Legion mercenaries, infiltrate the enemy territory in order to destroy an arms depot.

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Sgt. Brock
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Lucky Legs
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Goldie
Paul Dubov ...
Capt. Caumont
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Maj. Cham
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Cpl. Pigalle
Gerald Milton ...
Pvt. Andreades
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Leung
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Father Paul
Maurice Marsac ...
Col. De Sars
Warren Hsieh ...
The Boy
Paul Busch ...
Cpl. Kruger
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Charlie
Willie Soo Hoo ...
Moi Leader (as William Soo Hoo)
Walter Soo Hoo ...
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Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border, to blow up an arms depot. A Eurasian smuggler, Lucky Legs, agrees to use her connections to help them, in return getting her son into America. The racist father of the boy, Sergeant Brock, is also part of the multinational group. Lucky Legs must use the love of a Eurasian guerilla leader, Major Cham, to get access to the base. Will they destroy the base, and will Brock overcome his racism before Lucky Legs makes The Ultimate Sacrifice? Written by Peter Reiher

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Love and War in French Indo-China! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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August 1957 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Gates of China  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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French colonial rule in Indochina (Vietnam) took place from the 19th century until the Second World War, when Vietnam was invaded by Japan. The resistance movement against the Japanese was led by the Communist Viet Minh which, at the war's end, declared Vietnam's independence. The French refused to accept that and fought to re-establish colonial rule. The French Indochina War, conducted with some American aid, lasted until 1954, when France admitted defeat. In 1955 the Republic of Vietnam, administered from Saigon, was proclaimed in the south, while the north, ruled from Hanoi, remained in Communist hands. By April 1956 French forces completely withdrew from Vietnam. See more »

Goofs

Film stock flipped when Lucky Legs and Sgt. Brock go into the tree house. The sniper has a left handed rifle, Sgt. Brock's knife is on the wrong side, and his watch has moved to his right wrist. See more »

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Music by Victor Young Extended by his old friend Max Steiner See more »

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Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

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China Gate
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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Ludicrous war drama set in early days of Vietnam War
8 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Everything that's wrong about Sam Fuller pictures pops up here, with little of what's right being present. The script is full of silly lines, and the two leads are several miles out of their depth. Nat King Cole is the best thing in the picture, giving a sensitive and believable performance in a supporting role. Not bad enough to be entertaining on that basis, just fairly stupid.


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