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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 ... 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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Storyline

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 Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1990-91, it was thrown into limbo when production company Orion filed for bankruptcy in late 1991. After a reorganization, the film finally had its theatrical debut in 1994. See more »

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When Mrs. Munro dives from the side of the boat it does not move and is obviously solidly stabilized. See more »


Soundtracks

Rack 'Em Up
Written by Sam Myers & Anson Funderburgh
Used by permission of Black Top Publishing
Performed by Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets Featuring Sam Myers
Courtesy of Black Top Records
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Proof that not all straight to video thrillers are rubbish
4 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When homicide detective Kyle Brodine starts seeing the wife of businessman Rupert Monro he finds himself falling in love with her. When her relationship gets violent with her husband he begs her to leave him, however she doesn't but when she accidentally kills him with an illegal gun she turns to him for help. Unable to go to the police he helps her cover it up. However later the police suspect foul play and Kyle and his partner are put on the case. As they investigate more evidence begins to point to Kyle and it appears that Rachel has not been totally honest with him.

Proof that good noir still exists. This film never saw the inside of an UK cinema – it went straight to video on release. However the plot is a good tangled web of murder, mystery and deceit. It manages to be twisty despite the fact that this sort of thing has been done many times before. The plot unfolds late and very quickly, managing to be believable and gripping.

The main reason for this is a great performance from Ed Harris. The feeling of him being sucking into something is written all over his face – and the way he goes from cop in control of all the details into a hunted animal is really good. Stowe is also really good and the support cast also has quality – whether it be Charles Dance or a young looking Del Toro.

Overall this may not break box office records but as a thriller it is twisty, contains plenty of good lines and has a great lead performance from Harris.


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