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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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Storyline

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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Whoever owns them can rule the world See more »

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

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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

Company Credits

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 Black Roses (1988) See more »

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An intriguing premise but with decidedly average execution
7 March 2007 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

Joe Don Baker headlines in this Robert Clouse directed, minorly interesting tale concerning the hunt for a priceless golden statue that reveals the hidden acupuncture points that will when stimulated, rejuvenate any man into a super stud! Well it's certainly an intriguing plot device to be sure but the film itself is a sadly decidedly minor effort and is furthermore, mostly unengaging throughout.

Although fans of Jim Kelly may initially scramble to get hold of this to see the great man in action, I should warn you all that he actually hardly features in this and only gets to show off some of his skills in one sequence (which is decidedly badly staged I might hastily add at that).

Still to be fair, having stated the above negative points the film does have a rather good final twenty or so minutes and features a rather exciting chase sequence wherein our hero is pursued through narrow streets by an angry mob who are baying for his blood.

Certainly not one of director Clouse's finest moments (nor it's stars for that matter) but may just about merit a watch if you are a Clouse completest.

Note: I've got to commend the casting of the beautiful Frances Fong as Shu Lin - although not a great actress by any stretch of the imagination, her stunning beauty absolutely shines like a diamond in every single scene she appears in.


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