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Big Trouble in Little China

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 1986
  • John Carpenter
  • 95 mins
  • PG

Summary

Action adventure starring Kurt Russell as tough truck driver Jack Burton, who's drawn into a supernatural world beneath San Francisco's Chinatown when he attempts to rescue his best friend's fiancée from the clutches of an evil magician.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Horror maestro John Carpenter (Halloween) is clearly in awe of Hong Kong movies, but this brave attempt to fuse martial arts action with a westernised adventure story sadly doesn't quite gel. Kurt Russell makes an amiably inept hero as the dense lorry driver who gets mixed up with ancient Chinese cults and magic when he ventures beneath the streets of San Francisco. But the fight scenes are surprisingly stodgy and, in the end, the special effects take over.

Credits

Cast

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Jack BurtonKurt Russell
Gracie LawKim Cattrall
Wang ChiDennis Dun
Lo PanJames Hong
Egg ShenVictor Wong (2)
MargoKate Burton
Eddie LeeDonald Li
ThunderCarter Wong
RainPeter Kwong
LightningJames Pax
Miao YinSuzee Pai
Uncle ChuChao Li Chi

Crew

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DirectorJohn Carpenter

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1986-11-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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