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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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 29, 1986

Cast

Sean Penn
as Glendon Wasey
Madonna
as Gloria Tatlock
Paul Freeman
as Walter Faraday/Father Burns
Richard Griffiths
as Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer
as Justin Kronk
Clyde Kusatsu
as Joe Go
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Yamagani San
Michael Aldridge
as Mr. Burns
Sarah Lam
as China Doll's maid
Victor Wong
as Ho Chong
Lim Kay Tong
as Mei Gan
George She
as Wu Ch'En She
David Li
as Doorman at Zig-Zag Club
Keith Bonnard
as Maitre'D at Zig-Zag Club
Claire Lutter
as Prostitute
Pamela Yang
as Prostitute
Samuel Tsao
as Street Barker
Philip Tan
as Ship's Officer
George Harrison
as Nightclub Singer
Pamela Yang
as Prostitute
Philip Tan
as Ship's Officer
Keith Bonnard
as Maitre'D at Zig-Zag Club
Lim Kay Tong
as Mei Gan
Samuel Tsao
as Street Barker
Claire Lutter
as Prostitute
Victor Wong
as Ho Chong
David Li
as Doorman at Zig-Zag Club
George She
as Wu Ch'En She

Crew

Jim Goddard
Director
John Kohn
Producer
John Kohn
Screenwriter
Tony Kenrick
Screenwriter
Tony Kenrick
Book Author
Robert Bentley
Screenwriter
Ernest Vincze
Cinematographer
George Harrison
Songwriter
George Harrison
Composer (Music Score)
Jeff Lynne
Songwriter
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Sheldon
Editor
Peter Mullins
Production Designer
David Minty
Art Director
John Siddall
Art Director
Robin Douet
Co-producer
Denis O'Brien
Executive Producer
George Harrison
Executive Producer
David Watkin
Special Effects
Tracey Eddon
Stunts
Andrew Bradford
Stunts
Graham Freeborn
Makeup
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