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The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1961 (Austria)
A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.

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Richard Quine

Writers:

Paul Osborn (adaptation), Richard Mason (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Robert Lomax
Nancy Kwan ... Suzie Wong
Sylvia Syms ... Kay O'Neill
Michael Wilding ... Ben Marlowe
Jacqueline Chan ... Gwennie Lee (as Jacqui Chan)
Laurence Naismith ... O'Neill
Yvonne Shima Yvonne Shima ... Minnie Ho
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Ah Tong
Lier Hwang Lier Hwang ... Wednesday Lu
Bernard Cribbins ... Otis
Edwina Carroll ... Mrs. Marlowe
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... British Sailor
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Dinner Guest
Lionel Blair ... Dancing Sailor
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Storyline

Robert Lomax, tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting. Finding a cheap hotel, he checks in, only to find it's used by prostitutes and their "dates" they meet in the bar downstairs. Since he never picks up any of the ladies, they all want to know more about him. Eventually, he does hire one to model for him... and soon falls in love. However, since he's on a limited budget, he can't afford her exclusively, but doesn't want to "share" her with anyone else. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The most tender and touching love story of our time! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

1961 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Welt der Suzie Wong See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

World Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scenes as the Kowloon Ferry heads toward Hong Kong, navy ship St. Clair County (LST-1096)can be seen anchored in the harbor. See more »

Goofs

When Robert Lomax (Holden) begins to strip the European clothes off Suzy Wong (Kwan), her hair is piled smartly up under her cap and can be seen to remain that way. However, when Lomax goes to pull the cap off her head, Suzy's long tresses are fully down and covering her back. See more »

Quotes

Robert Lomax: If I were a prizefighter, and I kept getting my brains knocked out, I'd be foolish if I didn't quit.
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Spoofed in Triple Xposure (1986) See more »

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The World of Suzie Wong
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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An unfamiliar slice of life
4 March 2000 | by mooreorless56See all my reviews

When Nancy Kwan turned her beguiling eyes on William Holden in this 1960 [risque for the time] movie I felt weak in the knees. I was 13 and in my little home town of Miles City, Montana I was far removed from the type of life depicted here. The plot though very understandable featured tough realities to depict. Kwan's beauty seemed vibrant, fresh and full of innocense, how could she play a prostitute? [Her spectacular performance kept me spellbound throughout the movie and I knew THEN that girls must be much more complex than my heretofore 13 year old male pysche could imagine.] The obvious age difference between William Holden and Kwan was a hurdle few professional actors and actresses at the time could have so skillfully surmounted, they were superb, they sizzled then they were tender, then they were angry. I count this film in my top-ten ALLtime for these and a number of other reasons.


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