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Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery | February 1981 (USA)
Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling ... See full summary »

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Clive Donner

Writers:

Jerry Sherlock (story), Stan Burns (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Charlie Chan
Lee Grant ... Mrs. Lupowitz
Angie Dickinson ... Dragon Queen
Richard Hatch ... Lee Chan, Jr.
Brian Keith ... Police Chief
Roddy McDowall ... Gillespie
Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Dangers
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Cordelia
Paul Ryan Paul Ryan ... Masten
Johnny Sekka ... Stefan
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ... Hawaiian Chief of Police
David Hirokane David Hirokane ... Lee Chan Sr.
Karlene Crockett Karlene Crockett ... Brenda Lupowitz
Michael Fairman ... Bernard Lupowitz
James Ray James Ray ... Haynes
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Storyline

Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson Lee Chan, Jr. (Richard Hatch) as his sidekick, Chan also encounters an old nemesis known as the "Dragon Queen" (Angie Dickinson), who is the prime suspect.

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Murderer who turn victim into human baked potato have real appetite for crime. See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan contra la reina dragón See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, Chinese-American protesters tried to prevent this movie from being made in San Francisco. They picketed locations where this movie was shot, then later demonstrated outside cinemas in the U.S. where this movie was playing. The opposition centered around the Charlie Chan character being considered a "racist stereotype", the opponents disapproving of the character's "Chop Suey pidgin English, fortune-cookie proverbs, and Uncle Tom bowing and obsequiousness." See more »

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Just unwatchable
13 July 2004 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I liked the Charlie Chan movies I remember watching on television when I was growing up, I like Peter Ustinov very much and I thought it a very bold stroke to have Angie Dickinson play the "Dragon Queen" (a role made for the likes of a Lucy Liu).

That's why I'm irritated by having rented this movie. It's just awful - truly truly awful. You'll sigh, you'll look at your watch, you'll feel as if you're stuck with some adolescent in an elevator trying out his impressions for 17 hours until they free you.

Don't rent it - it's just TERRIBLE - and with this cast, that's such a shame.


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