Big Trouble in Little China PG-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: August 27, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: 20Th Century Studios
  • 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:


Total Count: 43


User Ratings: 136,241
...Carpenter is conspicuously with it....An upscale send-up...
New York Times
Jul 2, 1986
Rating: 2/4 -- Special effects don't mean much unless we care about the characters who are surrounded by them, and in this movie the characters often seem to exist only to fill up the foregrounds. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: C+ -- Benefits from a rollicking wise-ass performance from Kurt Russell but otherwise falls limp courtesy of too many corny gags. Full Review
Lessons of Darkness
Apr 6, 2010
Rating: 5/5 -- Contains the single drop-dead funniest moment in all of Carpenter's filmography. Full Review
May 2, 2016
...[The] costuming, sets, stunts and special visual effects by Richard Edlund are particularly lavish...
Jul 2, 1986
Works as a stand alone classic that features John Carpenter at his best. Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Jun 14, 2013
A startlingly joyous revisionist Western. Full Review
San Diego CityBeat
Nov 3, 2018

Product Description:

A cult favorite (and one of director John Carpenter's personal favorites), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is a fantasy-action film that is brilliantly imaginative, funny, and absorbing. Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crimelord has kidnapped a beautiful green-eyed woman, who is the fiancee to Jack's best friend. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit. Carpenter uses all the best elements of martial arts films, 1940s old action serials, Chinese mythology and straight-forward American adventure to make up a tale wild with imagination. Kurt Russell is wonderful as the brash, brave, and reluctant hero Jack Burton, who is hysterically out of place in this world of magic potions, goblins and curses. A visually stunning work that ranks as one of Carpenter's best films.

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.


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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  • Sales Rank: 3,881
  • UPC: 024543044765
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