Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)




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Peter Ustinov plays the talented detective in San Francisco who attempts, with help/hindrance from his clumsy grandson (Richard Hatch), to solve a murder case in this mystery/comedy.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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American Cinema


Lee Grant
as Mrs. Lupowitz
Roddy McDowall
as Gillespie
Brian Keith
as Police Chief
Peter Ustinov
as Charlie Chan
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Cordelia Farrington III
Rachel Roberts
as Mrs. Dangers
Angie Dickinson
as Dragon Queen
Bennett Ohta
as Chief of Police
Michael Fairman
as Bernard Lupowitz
Don Murray
as Pimp
Richard Hatch
as Lee Chan Jr.
Johnny Sekka
as Stefan
Gerald Okamura
as Club Shanghai Bouncer
Duane Tucker
as Cocktail Waiter
Larry Duran
as Man Getting Traffic Ticket
Joe Bellan
as Reporter at Pier
George Chiang
as Shopkeeper
James Winburn
as Cop at Beach
David Chow
as Shopkeeper
Paul Sanderson
as Mr. Finnegan
Karlene Crockett
as Brenda Lupowitz
James Ray
as Haynes
Laurence Cohen
as Reporter at Clinic
Kai Wong
as Murdered Messenger
Frank Michael Liu
as Homicide Detective
Pavla Ustinov
as Charlie
Paul Ryan
as Masten
Momo Yashima
as Dr. Yu Sing
John Hugh
as Shopkeeper
James Bacon
as Reporter at Clinic
David Hirokane
as Lee Chan Sr.
Molly Roden
as Lady Rodeworthy
Robin Hoff
as Reporter at Clinic
Alison Hong
as Maysie Ling
Don Parker
as Hotel Manager
Kay Kimler
as Riding Instructor
as Club Shanghai Hostess
Kael Blackwood
as Medical Assistant
Jerry Loo
as Medical Assistant
Kathie Kei
as Reporter at Clinic
Devi Yee
as TV Interviewer
Garrick Huey
as Reporter at Pier
Lonny Carbajal
as Spaced-Out Dancer
Peter Michas
as Dragon Queen's Chauffeur
Vic Hunsberger
as Traffic Cop
Trevor Hook
as Col. Blass
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen

All Critics (5)

Nice to look at, but what on earth were they thinking?

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Charlie Chan and the Curse of The Dragon Queen is a full-throttle comedy starring Peter Ustinov.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Only offensive because it's not funny.

August 14, 2007

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July 13, 2005

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July 6, 2005

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May 30, 2005
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen

So embarrassing. And on so many levels. If you've done something bad, anything, this could be acceptable penance. You're forgiven.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The film is quite racist in casting Peter Ustinov, but I'd dismissed that as a parody of old Charlie Chan films (this is a comedy after all) where the Chinese detective was always played by a white guy so it wasn't a problem. But the real problem is that it was never played for laughs. Nor was anything really. The slapstick was very clumsy and watching Apollo ham it up for the camera as his grandson was tough. The plot is supposed to revolve around a murder mystery but it never actually does anything with it. Instead we're treated to the cast of boring characters wandering through their daily lives in ways that are supposed to be funny. And they're just not.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

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