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Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)

PG-13 | | Romance, Western | 1 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 »

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Nancy Kelly

Writers:

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
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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

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Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG-13
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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 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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$717,772
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Harsh gloominess gives way to muted optimism
20 December 2001 | by tim_o_callaghanSee all my reviews

Gritty social realist story of Chinese woman Lalu who is sold into slavery in the late 19th century, and taken to a rough mining town in the American west. There she faces a series of humiliations, rejections and triumphs before finding at least a degree of happiness with a sympathetic saloon keeper. By turns both gloomy and sentimental (not necessarily a bad thing) issues of racism and feminism are very much to the fore.


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