Big Trouble in Little China

Starring: Kurt Russell Director: John Carpenter  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
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Big Trouble in Little China
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
    • DTS Surround 4.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: John Carpenter - Director, Kurt Russell - Star
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Hey, I'm a reasonable guy. But I've just experienced some very unreasonable things."
  - Jack Burton (Kurt Russell)
"Now I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on, and a man would have to be some kind of fool to think we're alone in this universe."
  - Jack Burton
"Next time some eight foot tall, wild-eyed maniac taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall and asks you if you've paid your dues, well, you just do what ol' Jack Burton always does at a time like that. You stare that sucker right back in the eye. 'Have you paid your dues, Jack'' 'Yes sir, the check is in the mail.'"
  - Jack Burton
"Oh, my God...what is that'"
  - Jack Burton

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 07/02/1986
"...Carpenter is conspicuously with it....An upscale send-up..."
Variety - 07/02/1986
"...[The] costuming, sets, stunts and special visual effects by Richard Edlund are particularly lavish..."

Plot Synopsis:

Kurt Russell stars in this action fantasy about a wisecracking trucker who attempts to rescue his friend's fiancee from a 2,000-year-old magician who lives beneath San Francisco's Chinatown. He must battle demons, goblins and other terrors as he makes his way through the magician's dark domain.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Martial Arts | Recommended | Spoof | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 2, 1986.
  • Though the outdoor sets look real, 90% of them, including Chinatown, were actually built on Fox sound stages.
  • The martial arts expert who developed Jun Fan kick-boxing for the legendary Bruce Lee took part in choreographing the film's extraordinary stunts and fight scenes.
  • When the character of Lightning is killed by a falling boulder, he forms a Chinese symbol. The symbol means "carpenter," the last name of the director.

    The script for BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA originally began as a sequel to THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI, but was re-written when director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell took over the project.

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  • UPC: 024543044765
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