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China Moon (1994)

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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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John Bailey

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Roy Carlson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Kyle Bodine
Madeleine Stowe ... Rachel Munro
Charles Dance ... Rupert Munro
Patricia Healy Patricia Healy ... Adele
Benicio Del Toro ... Lamar Dickey
Tim Powell ... Fraker
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Daryl Jeeters
Larry Shuler Larry Shuler ... Patrolman at Turner's
Robb Edward Morris ... Officer Pinola
Paul Darby Paul Darby ... CSU Photographer
Theresa Bean Theresa Bean ... Felicity Turner
Allen Prince Allen Prince ... Assistant M.E.
Sam Myers Sam Myers ... Blues Band
Anson Funderburgh Anson Funderburgh ... Blues Band
Matt McCabe Matt McCabe ... Blues Band
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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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He thought it was passion. It was deceit. He thought it was love. It was murder.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luna de porcelana See more »

Filming Locations:

Bartow, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,038,499
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Tig Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Benicio Del Toro and Charles Dance have both protrayed Bond Villans. Charles Dance in, For Your Eyes Only 1981. And Benicio Del Toro in, Licence To Kill 1989. See more »

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When Rachel (Madeline Stowe) shoots her husband (Charles Dance), an earplug is clearly visible. See more »


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Composed by Ole Georg
Courtesy of Capitol Production Music
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Nice noir
23 July 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ed Harris and Madeleine Stowe are underneath the temperamental "China Moon" in this 1994 film also starring Benicio del Toro. Harris and del Toro are Kyle Bodine and Lamar Dickey partner detectives with a Florida police department. One night at a bar, Kyle meets Rachel Munro (Stowe) and falls for her immediately. She's unhappily married and has photos of her husband (Charles Dance) with another woman. He doesn't know this at the time, and tracks her down. They start seeing one another. When her husband winds up dead, Kyle helps her to cover it up.

Though the plot is derivative, this is a classily done film with terrific acting, sensual love scenes between the two leads, an easy pace and beautiful photography. It reminded me a little of "Body Heat." The plot won't be hard to figure out, but be prepared for a couple of twists.

Ed Harris gives a forceful performance as Kyle, and del Toro is understated as Lamar. When the camera rests on Stowe, she's flawlessly beautiful, and what clothes! She gives an effective performance and has a nice chemistry with Harris.

"China Moon" is a small, meticulously done movie with loads of talent behind it. The story has been told many times, but somehow, if it's done well, it's always good for another encore.


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