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High Road to China (1983)

During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writers:

Jon Cleary (novel), Sandra Weintraub (screenplay) (as Sandra Weintraub Roland) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Patrick O' Malley
Bess Armstrong ... Eve
Jack Weston ... Struts
Wilford Brimley ... Bradley Tozer
Robert Morley ... Bentik
Brian Blessed ... Suleman Khan
Cassandra Gava ... Alessa
Michael Sheard ... Charlie
Lynda La Plante ... Lina (as Lynda Marchal)
Timothy Carlton ... Officer
Shayur Mehta Shayur Mehta ... Ahmed
Terry Richards ... Ginger
Jeremy Child ... Silversmith
Peter Llewellyn Williams Peter Llewellyn Williams ... Franjten Khan
Dino Shafeek ... Satvinda (as Dino Shaffer)
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Storyline

A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take the High Road to China... for an adventure you'll never forget. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Yugoslavia | Hong Kong

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cesta do Cíny See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,156,049, 20 March 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,000,000, 31 December 1983
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The names of Patrick O'Malley (Tom Selleck)'s two bi-planes were "Dorothy" and "Lillian". These were named after two silent screen actresses, the sisters Dorothy Gish and Lillian Gish. See more »

Goofs

Aircraft from this era did not have electrical starters. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Patrick O' Malley: You know, I only made one real mistake.
Evie: What was that?
Patrick O' Malley: I should have sold you when I had the chance.
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Connections

Featured in Never Tell Me Never (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Mohammed's Dance
(uncredited)
Music by John Leach
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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User Reviews

 
A perfect adventure movie!
17 October 2003 | by pug-13See all my reviews

This is one of the best adventure films I've ever seen. Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong are great and Jack Weston as Struts is hillarious.

It has some great scenes of the planes flying across country. And John Barry's music is excellent.

The story is simple: Rich woman (Armstrong) hires drunken pilot (Selleck) to fly her to China to find her missing father.

Meanwhile, people are trying to have her killed, and each stop they make along the way allows for a sideline adventure.

All in all, one of my favourite films, and a rare treat of a movie. They don't them like this any more. I wish it were available on DVD!


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