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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Marilyn Song: [Narrating] Chinatown: a land beyond the borders of civilization. Behind the walls of Tong. Just like China, it was a world that was torn in two. A world with its own angels, and its own devils.
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Written by Curtis Williams, Jesse Belvin and Gaynel Hodge
Publisher/Proprietor of Copyright: Dootsie Williams Publications
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love and witch hunts
5 May 2015 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

John Madden's "Golden Gate" mixes issues of racism with McCarthy-era witch hunts. Matt Dillon plays an FBI agent in San Francisco who trumps up charges against a Chinese-American man and later starts up a relationship with the man's daughter (Joan Chen). I actually thought that one of the most effective scenes was the college scene in which the Asian-American students reflect on discrimination. But even so I thought that they did a sufficient job looking at the issues. I understand that screenwriter David Henry Hwang is a noted dramatist; indeed, part of the movie feels like a play.

Anyway, pretty good movie. Also starring Bruno Kirby (young Pete Clemenza in "The Godfather Part II"), Teri Polo (Pam in "Meet the Parents") and Tzi Ma (one of the accomplices in the remake of "The Ladykillers").

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Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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