China Moon (1994)


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Movie Info

Roy Carlson wrote this suspenseful film noir about a homicide detective who tries to shield his girlfriend after she murders her abusive husband. When suspicion for the killing falls on him, he begins to suspect her of setting him up to take the fall.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Roy Carlson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2001
Orion Home Video


as Rachel Munro

as Kyle Bodine

as Lamar Dickey

as Rupert Munro

as Daryl Jeeters

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as CSU Photographer

as Felicity Turner

as Assistant M. E.

as Blues Band Member

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as Blues Band Member

as JJ's Bartender

as Gun Saleswoman

as Rupert's Secretary

as Miami Desk Clerk

as Sergeant

as Miami Waiter

as Police Captain

as Harlan James

as Patrolman at Headqua...

as Patrolwoman

as Dr. Ocampo

as CSU Technician

as Ballistic Technician

as Fraker
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Critic Reviews for China Moon

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Ed Harris as the fall guy is good and the visuals of this film noir are impressive nut the narrative is severely flawed.

Full Review… | July 30, 2011

Audience Reviews for China Moon


I didn't find Paper Moon that predictable. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and I enjoyed the acting of Madeline Stowe and Ed Harris, the two main characters. I guess crime doesn't pay...

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Homicide Det. Kyle Bodine (Ed Harris) is a veteran of the force who knows the ins and outs of every crime scene. He meets the beautiful and mysterious Rachel (Madeline Stowe), and they begin a steamy relationship. But then he finds out she's married to a rich banker called Rupert (Charles Dance) who's a serial adulterer and wife beater. During a particularly heated confrontation with her husband, Rachel shoots and kills Rupert in self defense and then persuades Kyle to assist her in disposing of the body and covering up the evidence of what has happened. Kyle carries out these tasks with his usual efficiency but problems arise when the body is discovered and his rookie partner Lamar Dickey (Benicio del Toro) discovers some clues which lead to the finger of suspicion being pointed at Kyle.

There are enough twists and turns to keep you off-balance in this story of passion, treachery and murder. The comparisons to "Body Heat," "No Way out" and "Double Indemnity" are understandable but the joy I get in watching films of this genre is trying to predict how things are going to go wrong and there was a twist ending I openly acknowledge I did not see coming. Early in the film the veteran Harris chastises his young partner for not being observant. I guess I too was not paying attention to the small details lol.

Deb S

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