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The Protector (1985)

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Two New York City cops, Billy Wong and Danny Garoni, head to Hong Kong after the daughter of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord, Mr. Ko.

Director:

James Glickenhaus

Writers:

James Glickenhaus, King Sang Tang (Hong Kong version)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Billy Wong
Danny Aiello ... Danny Garoni
Sandy Alexander Sandy Alexander ... Gang Leader
Victor Arnold ... Police Captain
Kim Bass ... Stan Jones
Irene Britto Irene Britto ... Masseuse #1
Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus ... Jesse Alexander
Al Cerullo ... Helicopter Pilot
Roy Chiao ... Mr. Ko
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Superintendant Whitehead
Patrick James Clarke Patrick James Clarke ... Michael Alexander
Ron Dandrea Ron Dandrea ... Martin Shapiro
Valerie De Pena Valerie De Pena ... Punk Woman
Saun Ellis Saun Ellis ... Laura Shapiro
Richard Epper ... Man in Bar
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Storyline

Billy Wong is a New York City cop whose partner is gunned down during a robbery. Billy and his new partner, Danny Garoni, are working security at a fashion show when a wealthy man's daughter, Laura Shapiro, is kidnapped. The Federal authorities suspect that Laura's father is involved with Mr. Ko, a Hong Kong drug kingpin, so the NYC police commissioner sends the two cops to Hong Kong to investigate. Once in Hong Kong, the pair causes no end of trouble for both Mr. Ko and the local authorities. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Now, New York has a new weapon - A cop with his own way of fighting crime

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Protector See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$981,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$981,817
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (US version)| Mono (Hong Kong version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Golden Harvest hired Director James Glickenhaus after his success with movies such as The Exterminator (1980), but rifts began to surface between Glickenhaus and Jackie Chan and his team during shooting. This would lead to Chan re-shooting sections of the movie for an alternate Asian release version of the movie. See more »

Goofs

A gangster swinging a bat at Billy, in the massage parlor, changes in the subsequent shot. See more »

Quotes

Danny Garoni: [seeing the sniper and asking for the portable cannon] Give me that fucking thing! Give it to me, come on!
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Alternate Versions

Dissatisfied and immensely disappointed with the American version, Jackie Chan went back and reshot and added new sections of the film for the Hong Kong version, including the addition of a whole new subplot. See more »


Soundtracks

Night Wind
Courtesy of WEA Records
Composed by James Wong
Performed by Sally Yeh
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6 out of 10
7 August 2001 | by dragon ma youngSee all my reviews

I DIDNT HATE IT! which really surprised me, because everyone on IMDb said this movie totally sucked and I went in expecting the worst. Sure Jackie is miscast, but other than the addition of curse words, his character isnt any darker than in Crime Story or Police Story 2. The action is slow, but better than any of the American action junk I've ever seen. Plus, there is tons of full-frontal nudity! Bet you didnt expect that from a Jackie Chan movie, did ya? I can understand why JC was disappointed with it, because it is nowhere near as good as almost any of his other 80's-90's movies, but it aint all that bad. Go in thinking you will hate it, and you just might like it.


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