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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.

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John Madden
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Gate See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,040, 30 January 1994

Gross USA:

$395,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$395,105
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Agent Kevin David Walker: Are you questioning my professionalism?
Agent Ron Pirelli: There's never been much to question. I'm handing the case over to Peter Evans and Bert Conway.
Agent Kevin David Walker: [sarcastically] "Evans and Conway" - you mean the famous comedy team? Huh! They couldn't have got a conviction at the Salem Witch Trials!
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Soundtracks

PARKS PLACE
Written by Mando Dorame (as M.Dorame)
Performed by Royal Crown Revue
Published by Dorame Publishing (ASCAP) 1993
Royal Crown Revue appears by Courtesy of Big Daddy Records
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Highly atmospheric but flimsy on plot
20 December 2018 | by alanshillsSee all my reviews

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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