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Thousand Pieces of Gold (1990)

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 »

Director:

Nancy Kelly

Writers:

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

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

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PG-13
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Based on the true story of "China Polly". See more »

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the Old West from a different perspective
22 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

By 1990 pundits were dismissing the Western as a moribund genre, but here was more proof to the contrary: a thoughtful, intelligent frontier drama (from the book by Ruthanne Lum McCunn) about a reluctant young Chinese mail-order bride who learns how to overcome both racial and sexual discrimination after being sold into virtual slavery and shipped to a remote Idaho mining camp. The story offers a fresh look at familiar Far Western terrain from a unique and otherwise neglected Far Eastern perspective: through the eyes of Chinese immigrants who, as much as anyone, helped win the West. The heroine's rocky path to independence is softened somewhat by romantic interest from a sympathetic (and racially color blind) saloon owner, but even in love she never loses her dignity or identity. Likewise the film itself maintains its quiet feminist integrity, by successfully navigating the fine line between sensitivity and soap. Beautifully shot in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with careful attention to authentic period mood and detail.


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Country:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,553, 28 April 1991

Gross USA:

$717,772

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$717,772
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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