China Moon

Overview

China Moon is a slick noir thriller, nice to look at, well-acted and directed, but ultimately predictable, even to its "surprise" ending. Kyle Bodine Ed Harris falls in love with Rachel Munro Madeleine Stowe, the unhappily married wife of a drunken Southern aristocrat Rupert Charles Dance. One night, tired of his beatings and abuse, Rachel kills Rupert, apparently in self-defense. Kyle helps her cover-up the crime and establish an alibi. However, Kyle's young partner Lamar Benecio Del Toro suspects Rachel of the ...
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Overview

China Moon is a slick noir thriller, nice to look at, well-acted and directed, but ultimately predictable, even to its "surprise" ending. Kyle Bodine Ed Harris falls in love with Rachel Munro Madeleine Stowe, the unhappily married wife of a drunken Southern aristocrat Rupert Charles Dance. One night, tired of his beatings and abuse, Rachel kills Rupert, apparently in self-defense. Kyle helps her cover-up the crime and establish an alibi. However, Kyle's young partner Lamar Benecio Del Toro suspects Rachel of the murder and begins an investigation. In fairly predictable plot twists reminiscent of the far superior Body Heat Kyle finds his life falling apart. While the plot is contrived, the performances are convincing, particularly that of Madeline Stowe as the treacherous Rachel. Ed Harris gives the character of Kyle depth and complexity. Cinematographer-turned-director John Bailey gives the film a great, dark, rain-slicked noir look and feel and lingers on details which take an otherwise predictable mystery/thriller and make it seem like a game of wits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/1998
  • UPC: 651021100325
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: ORION
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Harris Kyle Bodine
Madeleine Stowe Rachel Munro
Benicio Del Toro Lamar Dickey
Charles Dance Rupert Monro
Patricia Healy Adele
Tim Powell Fraker
Larry Shuler Patrolman at Turner's
Paul Darby CSU Photographer
Pruitt Taylor Vince Daryl Jeeters
Jim Milan Blues Band
Sandy Martin Gun Saleswoman
Janis Benson Rupert's Secretary
Special K. McCray Bunny
Roger Aaron Brown Police Captain
Robert Burgos Harlan James
Steve Zurk Patrolman at Hq.
Clifton Jones Dr. Ocampo
Ralph Wilcox Ballistic Technician
Marc Macaulay CSU Technician
Technical Credits
John Bailey Director
Conrad E. Angone Production Designer
Roy Carlson Screenwriter
Kevin Costner Producer
George Fenton Score Composer
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Don Ivey Set Decoration/Design
Willy Kurant Cinematographer
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Carol Littleton Editor
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Moen Production Manager
Barrie M. Osborne Producer
Don Reddy Camera Operator
Jill Savitt Editor
Jim Wilson Producer
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