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Gwendoline (1984)

Gwendoline, a runaway nun, arrives in Hong Kong on a mission to find her father, who was last seen in the legendary Land of the Yik Yak searching for a rare butterfly. She's guided on her perilous journey by the selfish mercenary Willard.

Director:

Just Jaeckin

Writers:

Just Jaeckin (screenplay), John Willie (comic strip by: The Adventures of Sweet Gwendolyn)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tawny Kitaen ... Gwendoline
Brent Huff ... Willard
Zabou Breitman ... Beth (as Zabou)
Bernadette Lafont ... The Queen
Jean Rougerie ... D'Arcy
Roland Amstutz
Stanley Kapoul Stanley Kapoul ... (as Jean Stanislas Capoul)
Chen Chang Ching Chen Chang Ching
Vernon Dobtcheff
André Julien ... Tom (as Andre Julien)
Takashi Kawahara
Kristopher Kum
Loi Lam Duc Loi Lam Duc
Maurice Lamy
Jim Adhi Limas
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Storyline

Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer. She's on a mission to find her father, who was last seen searching for a rare butterfly in the Land of the Yik Yak. They confront the evil Cheops in an attempt to find Gwen's lost father and the butterfly, and face many other challenges to their mission. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Adventure Without Shame! A Lost, Lost Civilization Where No Man Has Ever Been ... And for Good Reason! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Brent Huff choreographed his fight scenes. See more »

Goofs

(About 14 minutes in) Gwendoline is carrying the pair of nun-chucks she picked up in the back room when she ducks under the roulette table. The next scene shows her and Beth crawling under the table and the nun-chucks are nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Beth: [to Gwendoline] Your upbringing will be the death of us!
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Alternate Versions

For the original theatrical release, the BBFC required 3m 14s worth of cuts. For the video release, 2m 51s were cut. In 2005, all previous cuts were waived for the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hagan Reviews: The Dragon Lives Again (2012) See more »

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U 89
Written by Pierre Bachelet
Performed by Guy Matteoni Son Choeur Et Orchestre, arranged by Bernard Levitte
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Trashy? Yup. Dumb? Sure. Fun? Heck yeah!
6 March 2003 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

A beautiful woman hires an intrepid adventurer to help find her father, who has disappeared in the jungle while searching for a rare and priceless butterfly. Along the way they run into cannibals, a race of Amazon warriors and all the usual attractions one would expect to find in a lost jungle. That's pretty much all you have to know of the plot, which is mainly an excuse to show off scads of beautiful naked women, gorgeous Filipino scenery, some almost competent action scenes, and Tawny Kitaen. That about covers it. Director Just Jaeckin apparently put a fair chunk of the tons of money he made off his "Emanuelle" movies into this one, and it shows; the film doesn't look cheap, at least, and Jaeckin's photography shows off the film's best assets--including Tawny Kitaen's--to their best advantage. Go at it with the right attitude and this film can be a lot of fun.


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Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,337,274, 27 January 1985

Gross USA:

$1,337,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,337,274
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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