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Golden Gate (1993)

A brash 22-year-old FBI agent trumps up charges of Communist spying against a Chinese laundryman. Ten years later, he wants to make amends to the man and his teenage daughter.


John Madden




Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Agent Kevin David Walker
Joan Chen ... Marilyn Song
Elizabeth Morehead ... Receptionist
Bruno Kirby ... Agent Ron Pirelli
Teri Polo ... Cynthia
Jack Shearer ... FBI chief
Keone Young ... Benny Ying
Tzi Ma ... Chen Jung Song
Paddy Morrissey Paddy Morrissey ... Agent
Cully Fredricksen ... Special Agent Collins
Leo Downey Leo Downey ... Prosecuting Attorney Snyder
Jay Jacobus Jay Jacobus ... Judge
Wilbur Jung Wilbur Jung ... Chinese defendant
Henry Wong Henry Wong ... Court interpreter
Theresa Huynh Theresa Huynh ... Young Marilyn


Fresh out of law school, Kevin Walker is recruited into the FBI and commissioned to root out communist subversives amongst the San Francisco Chinese community. He finds a loophole that will enable him to prosecute, but his loyalties become divided when he falls in love with Marilyn, a laundryman's daughter. Written by Jonathan Ridsdale <JR@kingston.ac.uk>

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Some loves are impossible. But they are loves just the same.


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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In the dance hall scene, when the camera moves behind the drummer, the drumhead on the drumset are Remo PinStripe heads - two layers of transparent Mylar with a thin film of oil between the heads. Mylar drumheads were invented in the mid 1950s. PinStripe drum heads were not available until 1973, when they were released by Remo. See more »


FBI chief: Let me tell you something about the Bureau, Agent Walker. You do not spew refuse all over your area, and expect someone else to clean up after you. That's a rule I would've thought you learned in summer camp.
Agent Kevin David Walker: I didn't attend summer camp, sir.
FBI chief: [gives him a cold look] We had built a wall, Agent Walker, constructed entirely of the public's faith in our irrefutability. Once you shatter this confidence, standards of law and order disintegrate. Subversive elements exploit the chaos, until this entire ...
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Written by Royal Crown Revue
Published by Better Youth Publishers (ASCAP) 1991
Royal Crown Revue appears by Courtesy of Big Daddy Records
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period piece... looking for communists
15 June 2020 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Matt Dillon is agent Walker, a young FBI agent in 1952. he and partner Pirelli (Bruno Kirby) are tracking down communists here in the Chinese community of san francisco. They find a loophole to bring charges on a guy sending money home to his mom back in china. he's back out of jail now, but when Walker checks up on him, he's flipped out because he can't get a job. Joan Chen narrates the story, and she also plays "Marilyn", Song Chen's daughter. Walker wants to do something to help the daughter, but it seems she doesn't know the role Walker played in putting him away. but of course, the daughter DOES find out. and things go haywire from there. some big issues going on. some great scenes of san francisco. it's pretty good! gets dark in places. Directed by John Madden.. he was nominated for shakespeare in love.

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Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Gate See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,040, 30 January 1994

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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