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Shanghai Surprise (1986)

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Madonna and Sean Penn, who were husband and wife at the time, starred in this notorious box-office bomb that one critic termed "Flop Suey." The film takes place in 1937, during the Japanese occupation of China. Drug runner Walter Faraday (Paul Freeman) is trying to leave the country with a large stash of opium but he is chased by armed guards and killed. A year passes and missionary Gloria Tatlock (Madonna) hires sleazy American con man Glendon Wasey (Sean Penn) to help her find the missing opium. She wants to use the drugs to relieve the suffering of wounded Chinese soldiers -- as she puts it, "Guns cause pain. Opium eases pain." Glendon reluctantly agrees. But unfortunately for the two do-gooders, there are other, more notorious seekers of the opium shipment as well. George Harrison, one of the film's producers, wrote the songs and appears in a cameo role as a nightclub singer.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Kenrick, Robert Bentley, John Kohn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 22, 2003
Runtime:
Vestron Video

Cast

Sean Penn
as Glendon Wasey
Madonna
as Gloria Tatlock
Paul Freeman
as Walter Faraday/Fathe...
Richard Griffiths
as Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer
as Justin Kronk
Sonserai Lee
as China Doll
Victor Wong
as Ho Chong
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Yamagani San
Sarah Lam
as China Doll's maid
George She
as Wu Ch'En She
Kay Tong Lim
as Mei Gan
Won Gam Bor
as Rickshaw King
To Chee Kan
as China Doll's Boatman
David Li
as Doorman at Zig-Zag C...
Keith Bonnard
as Maitre'D at Zig-Zag ...
Claire Lutter
as Prostitute
Pamela Yang
as Prostitute
Michael Chow
as Street Barker
Samuel Tsao
as Street Barker
Phil Tan
as Ship's Officer
George Harrison
as Nightclub Singer
Philip Tan
as Ship's Officer
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Surprise

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Madonna's incompetent performance secured her reputation as a no-talent actress...and, to date, she still hasn't been able to shake that reputation.

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
EDGE Boston

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Surprise

So so so boring, I caught this on TV last night, and I couldn't even understand what Penn was saying or what they were supposed to be doing in the movie. The story is ridiculous and I'm like it's supposed to be a romance or what? It was too boring for me to care, so I switched channels before the end. Stay away from this movie, it's just horrendous.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I really don't know where to start... and I really don't know where to end! This balant Indiana Jones/ Romancing the Stone rip-off is one of the most tedious, tiresome, and dull films I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure that's all that really needs to be said.

YLOWBSTARDreturns
Michael S

Super Reviewer

This movie gets 1 star for Sean Penn and 1 star for Madonna and that's pretty much all it had going for it!

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Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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