Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy


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A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiancée from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.


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22 June 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
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| A Tongue-In-Cheek '80s 'Classic'
This is one of the wildest stories ever: a cartoon come to life and a mixture of an old-time serial with modern special-effects with bold colors all the way through.

This movie is pure tongue-in-cheek. One just has to take nothing seriously in here and just go along on the wild ride. From the nonsense mystical Chinese sorcery that is taken so reverently, to the American hero "Jack Burton" (Kurt Russell) who displays the fearless macho man, to combatants flying through the air (this was 15 years before Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed), to one exotic character and situation after another - it's all absurd fun.

Russell plays his role to the hilt, playing his favorite kind of role when he was younger: brash, bold and an ignoramus who fears absolutely nothing. His lines are deliberately corny and one can bet he had a lot of fun making this movie. He even gets in a few good comedic lines. His partner, Dennis Dunn, is a likable guy with a devilish grin on his face and Kim Cattrell plays the more modern damsel-in-distress role to the hilt, too.

They could have lightened this up a bit on the action - it gets to be too much at times - but the movie is just slightly over an hour-and-half. It still wore me out the first few times I saw it.

All in all: ludicrous fun, a kind of Indiana Jones in Chinatown adventure flick.

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Trivia

John Carpenter and Kurt Russell explain on the audio commentary that the test screening was so overwhelmingly positive, that both of them expected it to be a big hit. However, 20th Century Fox put little into promoting the movie, and it ended up being a box-office bomb. In addition, the film was released in the midst of the hype for Aliens (1986), which was released sixteen days afterwards. However, it went on to be a huge cult hit through home video. Carpenter and Russell explained that the reason the studio did little to promote the film, was because they simply didn't know how to promote it.


Quotes

Pinstripe lawyer: What I'd like to do today is get your version of what happened.
Egg Shen: Oh, you mean the truth.
Pinstripe lawyer: Of course. First, just state your name and your occupation for the record.
Egg Shen: Oh, Egg Shen. Bus driver.


Goofs

Gracie says she would be with Jack if he traded in his truck for one with a little apartment in the back. However, the Pork Chop Express did have an apartment in the back, as evidenced by the large section behind the cab and the curtain separating the cab from the apartment.


Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was passed as PG, with a cut made to Kurt Russell's line of 'Fuck It!". The 15-rated video version restored the profanity, but was cut by 9 secs with edits made to the fight between the clans. The 2002 DVD release features the uncut version with all cuts waived by the BBFC.


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Big Trouble in Little China
Written by
John Carpenter
Performed by The Coupe de Villes

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy

Details

Release Date:

2 July 1986

Language

English, Cantonese


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,211 6 July 1986

Gross USA:

$11,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,100,577

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