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Golden Needles (1974)

PG | | Action, Drama | 17 July 1974 (USA)
Various factions are fighting each other to gain possession of a very special statue. The statue itself is not worth much, the needles inside it are the true prize. These "golden needles" ... See full summary »

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Robert Clouse
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Don Baker ... Dan
Elizabeth Ashley ... Felicity
Ann Sothern ... Finzie
Jim Kelly ... Jeff
Burgess Meredith ... Winters
Roy Chiao ... Lin Toa
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Su Lin
Kung-Wu Huang ... Kwan (as Tony Lee)
Alice Fong Alice Fong ... Lotus
Sonny Barnes Sonny Barnes ... Claude (as Clarence Barnes)
Pat E. Johnson ... Winter's Man (as Pat Johnson)
Edgar Justice Edgar Justice ... Bobby
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tiet Wo Chu
Ju Fang
Yuen Fang Yuen Fang ... Acupuncturist
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Various factions are fighting each other to gain possession of a very special statue. The statue itself is not worth much, the needles inside it are the true prize. These "golden needles" hold extraordinary and unique properties, if inserted in the right positions in a man he will gain super sexual prowess, if placed incorrectly he dies. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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They came to Adventure's Last Stronghold in search of the statue with the Golden Needles! See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chase for the Golden Needles See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Production Co:

Sequoia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Played for only one day in Hong Kong theaters and had a box office revenue of 18 Hong Kong dollars. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Crazy Cast, Crazy Story
23 November 2012 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

One of the more goofball artifacts of 70's martial arts action film nuttery.

A golden idol that serves as a model for special acupuncture needle placement is sought by all parties, both good and bad.

The lumbering, leaden anti-charm of Joe Don Baker, probably by now most famous for the awful "Mitchell" keenly eviscerated by MST3k, drains so much of the potential of what could have been a much more enjoyable "Mac Guffin with Kung Fu" fun fest.

Elizabeth Ashley does well in a somewhat one-dimensional role, much less thankless than all the Asian actors, who are either generic Baddies or Damsels-in-Distress (or ass-kicking Damsels).

Burgess Meredith seems to be having a lot of fun here, and fortunately livens up many of the scenes he has with Joe Don, Mister Anti-Charisma.

If they had just thrown in Scatman Crothers and Anthony Zerbe, you would have a Seventies jackpot.

The insane fight scene in the health club/gym or whatever it was, featuring a bunch of naked old guys taking a shower, boggles the mind, but hey, that were The Seventies, when anything that goes did.

And show me another film with both Ann Sothern and Jim Kelly in it. I don't think you'll find one.

Yes, if you haven't heard of this one, this is a ridiculous way to waste 90 minutes. But you will enjoy making fun of this.


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