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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patrick O' Malley
... Eve
... Struts
... Bradley Tozer
... Bentik
... Suleman Khan
... Alessa
... Charlie
... Lina (as Lynda Marchal)
... Officer
Shayur Mehta ... Ahmed
... Ginger
... Silversmith
Peter Llewellyn Williams ... Franjten Khan
... 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>

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


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Release Date:

18 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Höllenjagd bis ans Ende der Welt  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of few lead roles in a major motion-picture cinema movie for actress Bess Armstrong. See more »

Goofs

In the climactic battle scene, a number of the Chinese peasants can be seen using Mauser 98k rifles, a variant of the 1898 Mauser which wasn't introduced until 1935, at least a decade after this film is set. See more »

Quotes

Patrick O' Malley: You wrecked my plane!
Eve "Evie" Tozer: It was always a wreck!
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Referenced in Psych: Daredevils! (2008) See more »

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Waziri Music
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For fans of slapstick & VCA's (Veteran Character Actors)
8 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Drama, funny, & veteran character actors out the kazoo. Robert Morley (rest his soul) is great as the malicious bumbling nemesis, & Wilford Brimley is letter-perfect as the eccentric good-guy geezer. Jack Weston is stellar as sidekick, Brian Blessed is appropriately malevolent as Suleman Khan, & Timothy Bateson is 1st-rate as Morley's sniveling toady. All of this is overshadowed (but not over the top) by the absolutely perfect chemistry between Selleck & Armstrong, though. Yeah, sure, the conceit of the snotty-rich-girl-drives-the-heart-of-gold-tough-guy-crazy love story has been done to death, but never executed quite like this. These two make an on-screen couple at the level of Bogey/Bacall, Fred/Ginger, & George/Gracie.

Selleck's charisma normally dominates other actors' presence; Armstrong more than holds her own, which is saying a lot for any actress, much less one not on the A-list. The cinematography is exceptionally well-done. All in all, this is one seriously underrated flick, & a movie I'd buy in a heartbeat if it ever became available on DVD, which sadly I doubt it ever will. :(


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