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Shanghai Surprise (1986)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 29 August 1986 (USA)
Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Glendon Wasey
... Gloria Tatlock
... Walter Faraday
... Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer ... Justin Kronk
... Joe Go
Kay Tong Lim ... Mei Gan
Sonserai Lee ... China Doll
... Ho Chong
... Yamagani San
... Mr. Burns
... China Doll's Maid
George She ... Wu Ch'En She
Won Gam Bor ... Rickshaw King
To Chee Kan ... China Doll's Boatman
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Storyline

Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they are up against every thug and smuggler in Shangai. Written by Mehmet Karaca <mkaraca@ibm.net>

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A romantic adventure for the dangerous at heart.


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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Aventuras en Shanghai  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$719,885, 1 September 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,315,683
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Trivia

The movie's source 1978 Tony Kenrick novel "Faraday's Flowers" was re-published under the film's "Shanghai Surprise" title as a promotional tie-in when the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

When Wasey and Miss Tatlock catch up with Faraday in the ship's cabin, the amount of shaving-foam on Faraday's face varies between shots. See more »

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[first title card]
Title Card: Shanghai 1937
Title Card: The Year of the Japanese Occupation
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Someplace Else
Music & Lyrics by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison
Courtesy of Dark Horse Records & Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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An amazing adventure film that deserves to be revalued
29 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Missionary "Madonna" hires adventure "Penn" to capture a cache of stolen opium in 1937 China, but only for medical purpose. The plot seems simple but it reserves great unforseen turns of events, with a lot of action, a tender love story and a little bit of humour, on the backdrop of a beautiful 30s' China. "Shanghai Surprise" takes the best from 30s adventure films and re-propose it with the freshness of the 80s. The cinematography and the music are very suggestive and Madonna gives a good performance. She is a chameleon not only for what concern her looks but also getting into very different part (an explosive street girl in "Desperately seeking Susan", a modern "Betty Boop" in "Who's that girl", A seductive 30's night club star in "Dick Tracy", a baseball girl in "A league of their own", just the "Body of evidence" in the hononym film, an actress in the mirror in "Dangerous game", the first lady of Argentina in "Evita".etc. ) and I think that that is the most important quality that an actress should be! Penn is good too. Thrilling.exciting...really a good film.


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