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High Road to China

High Road to China (1983)

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O'Malley (Tom Selleck) is a heavy-drinking, tough biplane pilot flying the skies of China for fun and profit when Eve (Bess Armstrong) seeks him out to help her find her father before he is declared dead and she loses an inheritance to the evil Bentik (Robert Morley). O'Malley does not really want Eve around, but adventure and the challenge beckon. If only their journey together had been sparked by a little excitement, clever humor, snappy dialogue, and seductive romantic chemistry, this bland

Dec 7, 2004

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Action all the way in this extremely entertaining film. Good leading performances by Tom Selleck (the air-ace hero), Bess Armstrong (the headstrong lass) and Wilford Brimley (an eccentric father and inventor).
February 5, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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You ever get the feeling that sometimes actors never live down that one role they know they should've taken? It's well known that Tom Selleck turned down the lead in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Although he went on to great success on Magnum PI, and basically becoming a tv legend, Indiana Jones was the role that could've given him the successful big screen career that has pretty much eluded him.

In an attempt to cash in on the success of Raiders, Selleck stars in this story of a WWI flying ace that is hired by a rich bitch to find her missing father before he is declared dead, and she loses her pampered lifestyle. Many of the elements that made Raiders a success are there....a dashing and charming leading man, exotic locations, big scale action, romance, humor, etc. But what's not there is inspiration. This is a very by-the-numbers production. Where Raiders was an homage to the great serial plays of the 30's, this movie is made like one. The characters are painted in very broad strokes. The villains to everything except twirl their mustaches in very Snidely Whiplash manor, and we expect a black and white title card to pop up over their faces with sayings like "You'll never stop me! Ah ha ha ha!" The romance is pretty much dead in the water. There's no reason for these two people to fall in love, but they do. There's also really nothing at stake in this movie except for who get's daddy's money.

The actors, for the most part, do give it their all. It's a shame that Selleck never achieved success in movies. He's a very talented and charismatic actor that just oozes charm and good will. You can't help but like the guy. Bess Armstrong plays the spoiled brat very well, and you can't help but wonder if this is just art imitating life. Jack Weston is the comic relief as Sellleck's mechanic and best friend. Wilford Brimley appears late in the movie as Armstrong's father, and he is a effortlessly believable as he ever is. The biggest stumbling blocks are the villains. Robert Morley is far too goofy to make a threatening villain, and Brian Blessed as an Arab chief does nothing more that eat, laugh, and bare his teeth like does in every movie.

However the action is quite serviceable, if unremarkable. It's large scale, and includes bi-plane dogfights, bombing runs, gun fights, car chases, etc. The photography is also quite good. The vistas in the movie, shot in Yugoslavia, and really beautiful.

So let this be a lesson to all actors out there...if Steven Spielberg comes to you and says "I want you to star in my next big budget action movie" you say...YES!
September 23, 2011
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RJ MacReady

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