When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do ... See full summary »
Kathy arrives home to find her house surrounded by police and reporters; she is then told that her husband has been arrested for a series of murders in the local community. How could she have loved a man capable of committing such crimes?
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>
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 »
John Madden, who last year brought to life a dark, moody adaptation of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, shows some of the same tendencies with Golden Gate. In spite of the film's uneven tone, the atmosphere is consistently strong. The sense of place, cemented by various shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, is never lost on the viewer. Unfortunately, the sudden shifts in mood, and the screenplay's unwillingness to develop in a more original direction, hamper Golden Gate. The movie has themes to explore, and it holds the audience's attention while doing so, but there are flaws that even all the fog of the Bay Area can't conceal. The acting by leads Matt Dillon and Joan Chen is more than adequate.
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