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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

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Tom Selleck takes you on a high adventure! 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:

Höllenjagd bis ans Ende der Welt 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A number of people told actress Bess Armstrong not to do the movie. See more »

Goofs

Aircraft from this era did not have wireless radios. See more »

Quotes

Patrick O' Malley: You wrecked my plane!
Eve "Evie" Tozer: It was always a wreck!
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Referenced in Flight (2012) See more »

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Oh When the Saints
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[Heard on a gramophone in Nepalese village]
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Extraordinary aerial adventures , thrills , explosions and enjoyable romance
29 May 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A drunk previous WWI pilot (Tom Selleck) and his underling (Jack Weston) are contracted by a young heiress (Bess Armstrong) who must encounter her dad before her contender (Robert Morley) takes over the inheritance . They will face dangerous bandits (Brian Blessed) , numerous adventures and risks .

This exciting story gets an agreeable look and feeling to vintage adventures , exotic places , dastardly nasties and daring getaways than ever before . Packs enough action with explosion galore , especial aerial effects with impressive images of flight and dogfighting , comedy , tongue usefully in in its check , all that make it a cinematic roller coater ride . It's made like a classic's 30s-style adventure reminiscent of early serials and in the wake of ¨Raiders of the last ark¨ . Tom Selleck is a hard-drinking former air ace , he's a dashing and intrepid pilot , Bess Armstrong is perfectly cast as feisty heiress looking for his father , she's continuously irritated with the smooth talker and alcoholic adventurer . Both of whom play a special love story in a screwball-romance style . Besides , displaying spectacular images of Selleck and Armstrong gliding over extraordinary landscapes with musical background by John Barry , perhaps copied by Sidney Pollack in ¨Out of Africa¨ with the couple Redford and Meryl Streep , flying in similar plane and soundtrack . Regular cinematography by Ronnie Taylor filmed in Yugoslavia and England, the colors are worn-out, it's necessary an urgent remastering . The film was lavishly produced by Fred Weintraub and Raymond Chow , producers of ¨Operation Dragon¨ starred by Bruce Lee . This was 27th highest grossing film of 1983 at the American box-office . The picture was frequently perceived by the film-going public as being a knock-off to Raiders of the lost ark (1981) when in fact the film had been in development since the late 1970s .

The film was well handled and professionally directed by Brian G Hutton, however was a flop and failed to give cash . Hutton started his career with little and prestigious films , such as ¨Wild seed¨ and ¨The Pad¨. There after , he veered off into big budgeted and all-star movies, proving which he could handle big scale production , as ¨Where the eagles dare¨, one of the best from Alistair McLean , furthermore with ¨Kelly's heroes¨ added humor to the warlike action . His next picture was ¨High road to China¨ marked a partial return with panache to his previous form but faltered at the Box-office , in spite of being quite amusing and with occasional touch of directorial skill, for that reason is a must for adventure buffs .


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