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China Moon (1994)

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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

Director:

John Bailey

Writer:

Roy Carlson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Kyle Bodine
Madeleine Stowe ... Rachel Munro
Charles Dance ... Rupert Munro
Patricia Healy ... Adele
Benicio Del Toro ... Lamar Dickey
Tim Powell ... Fraker
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Daryl Jeeters
Larry Shuler Larry Shuler ... Patrolman at Turner's
Robb Edward Morris ... Officer Pinola
Paul Darby Paul Darby ... CSU Photographer
Theresa Bean Theresa Bean ... Felicity Turner
Allen Prince Allen Prince ... Assistant M.E.
Sam Myers Sam Myers ... Blues Band
Anson Funderburgh Anson Funderburgh ... Blues Band
Matt McCabe Matt McCabe ... Blues Band
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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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He thought it was passion. It was deceit. He thought it was love. It was murder.


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Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luna de porcelana See more »

Filming Locations:

Bartow, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,038,499
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Production Co:

Tig Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Her last name is Munro, same as her last name in Michael Mann film "The Last of the Mohicans". See more »

Goofs

When Rachel (Madeline Stowe) shoots her husband (Charles Dance), an earplug is clearly visible. See more »


Soundtracks

Well, Well, Well, Baby-La
Written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets Featuring Sam Myers
Courtesy of Black Top Records
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The proof is in the bullet!
6 January 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

John Bailey probably knew what he was getting into, when he read Roy Carlson's screen play, otherwise it doesn't make much sense to go ahead with a film that has been done better before. That said, "China Moon" is not a total disappointment.

If you haven't seen the movie, please stop reading here.

There are a few things that indicate that Rachel wanted to use Kyle from the beginning. There are also hints that Lamar, Kyle's detective partner, is into something. How could a good detective like Kyle fall prey to the exchange of the the bullet that is extracted from Rupert Monro's body? The filmmakers take a chance in presenting a half baked pie to the viewers, many of whom are into mysteries, and think the plot will be taken at face value, when in reality, our minds are going in different directions. The fans of this genre solve the puzzle before the movie's conclusion.

That said, the movie is easy to watch. Ed Harris, makes a credible Kyle. This actor is one of the best working in movies today, and even if it's not a good picture, Mr. Harris can be counted to give an excellent performance. His detective offers a good character study of a professional man that makes a fatal judgment when he gets involved with Rachel.

Madeleine Stowe is a beautiful woman. In this movie she plays Rachel with conviction; her scenes with Ed Harris shows clearly she can hold her own against anyone. Benicio Del Toro's Lamar, as Lamar, offers an interesting performance, something we expect from him as a matter of course. Charles Dance, as the rich husband who likes to fool around, is only seen too short.

This is a movie to watch when the weather is bad outside. It will please anyone who doesn't expect too much.


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