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Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)

PG-13 | | Romance, Western | November 1991 (USA)
In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who ... See full summary »


Nancy Kelly


Ruthanne Lum McCunn (novel), Anne Makepeace (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Chao ... Lalu
Chris Cooper ... Charlie
Michael Paul Chan ... Hong King
Dennis Dun ... Jim
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Jonas
Will Oldham ... Miles
David Hayward ... Ohio
Beth Broderick ... Berthe
Kim Chan ... Li Ping
Chris Evans Chris Evans ... Sailor #2
Weili Fan Weili Fan ... Sayan
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ... Shun Lee
Freda Foh Shen ... Ah Ling
John M. Hosking John M. Hosking ... Watkins
Mary Matvy Mary Matvy ... Françoise


In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who renames her China Polly and plans to sell her as entertainment for the locals. Refusing to become a whore, Lalu ultimately finds her own way in this strange country filled with white demons. Written by Kelley O.

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A testament to the strength of the human spirit


Romance | Western








Release Date:

November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Playhouse: Thousand Pieces of Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

Butte, Montana, USA See more »


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1.85 : 1
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Based on the true story of "China Polly". See more »

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One of my favorite movies! Where can I find this in VHS or DVD?
5 June 2006 | by juliearleenSee all my reviews

This is a movie I have seen on TV twice - an inspiring movie about one woman's determination and industry. There is also a touching love story. But one of the most amazing parts of this very interesting film, is that it is based on a true story and, if I am not mistaken, shows a picture of the real heroine of the story at the end. This is an important story for women's "herstory". The acting is fantastic, and the story is compelling. My only real challenge with this movie, is that I decided I wanted to see it again and can not find it anywhere! But I will continue my search for this important historic film until I find it - I believe it is worth the effort :-)

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