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High Road to China (1983)

During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.

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Ahmed
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Satvinda (as Dino Shaffer)
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A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

18 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Höllenjagd bis ans Ende der Welt  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,156,049 (USA) (20 March 1983)

Gross:

$28,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Many WWI aircraft lacked an interrupter for the machine guns - this meant that they could not fire them within the arc of the propeller without shooting off the prop; thus the overhead mounting of the guns. See more »

Goofs

Aircraft from this era did not have electrical starters. See more »

Quotes

Zura: The oxen are slow, but the earth is patient.
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Referenced in Psych: Daredevils! (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
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Music by Al Piantadosi
Lyric by Al Bryan
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A Good Old-Fashioned Escape Movie
5 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California, USA) – See all my reviews

The best thing about "High Road to China" is that it does not try to change the world by making a social statement. It does not try to do anything but be an escape for moviegoers. Is it a perfect film? No. But this is one of my favorite films because it does just that - it allows me to escape. This much under-appreciated movie tells an excellent story: a rich brat living in the Roaring 20's hires a flying ace to find her father in a remote part of China. From a cinemagraphic point-of-view, it is a very good-looking film. Bess Armstrong never looked better on screen. And although her character of Eve Tozer is not always believable, I liked her as the rich brat who thinks everything has its price. I was never a Tom Selleck fan, but as Patrick O'Malley, he makes the perfect flying daredevil

  • a hard drinker who has trouble showing that he has a heart. The late Jack
Weston, who was one of the better character actors of our modern times, is perfectly cast as the sidekick mechanic Struts. And the late Robert Morley provides good comic relief in the midst of being the heavy.

The movie simply looks good with its gorgeous locations and colors. The flying sequences - especially the dogfight between O'Malley and the German ace (complete with references to the famous Red Baron) is first-rate, and the battle scenes are shot very well. The pace of the film is not always even, but one sequence after another has our protagonists in some dire predicament. And it is fun watching them try and get out of each one. It should have done better at the box office, for the film is still a favorite of cable movie channels and people who discover it on video for the first time. I would recommend this film to anyone, because it is simply a little gem and a wonderful film for movie buffs who wish to escape.


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