Shanghai Surprise

1986, Crime/Drama, 1h 37m

8 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Glendon Wasey (Sean Penn) is a sleazy, down-on-his-luck con man struggling to sell glow-in-the-dark neckties in Shanghai. When he encounters the lovely Gloria Tatlock (Madonna), a nurse who wants to obtain a supply of opium to ease the suffering of her patients, he decides to help her get hold of a stolen supply of the valuable drug. The only problem is that a lot of other people want to secure the stolen opium as well -- gangsters, smugglers, thugs and a host of dangerous lowlifes.

Cast & Crew

Sean Penn
Glendon Wasey
Madonna
Gloria Tatlock
Paul Freeman
Walter Faraday
Richard Griffiths
Willite Tuttle
Philip Sayer
Justin Kronk
Sonserai Lee
China Doll
Michael Aldridge
Mr. Burns
Sarah Lam
China Doll's Maid
George She
Wu Ch'En She
Philip Tan
Ship's Officer
George Harrison
Night Club Singer
John Kohn
Producer
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Surprise

All Critics (8) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Surprise

  • Feb 14, 2011
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    This movie gets 1 star for Sean Penn and 1 star for Madonna and that's pretty much all it had going for it!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2007
    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.
    Michael S Super Reviewer

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