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China Moon (1991)

R | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 1991 (USA)
Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

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He thought it was passion. It was deceit. He thought it was love. It was murder.


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Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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1991 (USA)  »

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A Lua dos Amantes  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,038,499
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Benicio Del Toro and Charles Dance have both protrayed Bond Villans. Charles Dance in, For Your Eyes Only 1981. And Benicio Del Toro in, Licence To Kill 1989. See more »

Goofs

When Harris and Stowe go out in the boat the first time it bears registration number FL-8836 CD. After their skinny dip, it's in the background but the number has changed to FL-2127 FJ. See more »


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Well, Well, Well, Baby-La
Written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets Featuring Sam Myers
Courtesy of Black Top Records
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Nice noir
23 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Ed Harris and Madeleine Stowe are underneath the temperamental "China Moon" in this 1994 film also starring Benicio del Toro. Harris and del Toro are Kyle Bodine and Lamar Dickey partner detectives with a Florida police department. One night at a bar, Kyle meets Rachel Munro (Stowe) and falls for her immediately. She's unhappily married and has photos of her husband (Charles Dance) with another woman. He doesn't know this at the time, and tracks her down. They start seeing one another. When her husband winds up dead, Kyle helps her to cover it up.

Though the plot is derivative, this is a classily done film with terrific acting, sensual love scenes between the two leads, an easy pace and beautiful photography. It reminded me a little of "Body Heat." The plot won't be hard to figure out, but be prepared for a couple of twists.

Ed Harris gives a forceful performance as Kyle, and del Toro is understated as Lamar. When the camera rests on Stowe, she's flawlessly beautiful, and what clothes! She gives an effective performance and has a nice chemistry with Harris.

"China Moon" is a small, meticulously done movie with loads of talent behind it. The story has been told many times, but somehow, if it's done well, it's always good for another encore.


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