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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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Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Barry ... Sgt. Brock
Angie Dickinson ... Lucky Legs
Nat 'King' Cole ... Goldie
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Capt. Caumont
Lee Van Cleef ... Maj. Cham
George Givot ... Cpl. Pigalle
Gerald Milton Gerald Milton ... Pvt. Andreades
Neyle Morrow ... Leung
Marcel Dalio ... Father Paul
Maurice Marsac ... Col. De Sars
Warren Hsieh Warren Hsieh ... The Boy
Paul Busch Paul Busch ... Cpl. Kruger
James Hong ... Charlie
Willie Soo Hoo Willie Soo Hoo ... Moi Leader (as William Soo Hoo)
Walter Soo Hoo Walter Soo Hoo ... Guard
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Storyline

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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An American dynamiter love-locked in war-locked China! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Gates of China See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Globe Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie begins in Son Toy. In November of 1970 American special forces raided a POW camp in Son Tay, unfortunately, there were no prisoners in the camp. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie both the French troops and the Viet Minh use American weaponry, such as the M3 'Grease gun', the M1 Carbine, and the Browning .50 cal machine gun. The French should be using the MAS-49 rifle and the Viet Minh either weapons captured from the French/Japanese or guns supplied by the Soviets. 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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Men on a mission Fuller-style
24 March 2018 | by pete36See all my reviews

Set near the end of the French rule of IndoChina (later Vietnam) a mixed group of French Legionnaires, led by an US demolition expert, must blow up an important Chinese ammunition depot. They also get assistance from a "madam"r of mixed blood.

Some of director Sam Fuller's movies tend to be a bit over the top and this one sure belongs in that category. It's a crazy story with crazy characters : there is the US demolition man (Gene Barry) , a competent but unsympathetic bully and racist, the brothel owner (Angie Dickinson) who is the former wife of the US guy (they have a son) and there is the French ragtag legionnaire team (including singer Nat King Cole).

As with most of these "menonamission" movies some of the team get bumped of during the journey but they get there ofcourse in the end, no less thanks to the fact that Angie Dickinson seems to have slept with half of the Chinese army stationed in Vietnam.

It does move along at fairly brisk pace and Fuller knows how to work with the Cinemascope format but the story, and especially the ending is completely ludicrous and unbelievable (you 'll have to find out for yourselves).

Somehow Fuller felt this wasn't exactly a winner so he followed this up (in the same year) with "Run of the Arrow" a though and excellent western starring Rod Steiger, which has become a real classic.


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