Big Trouble In Little China 1986

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When his friend's fianc is kidnapped, truck driver Jack Burton embarks upon an unlikely adventure beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. It seems that the fianc, green-eyed Gracie Law, has been taken by 2,000-year-old wizard Lo Pan, who needs to marry a woman with green eyes if he is to regain his physical form.

Starring:
Kurt Russell,Kim Cattrall
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director John Carpenter
Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall
Supporting actors Dennis Dun
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T Waits on 7 May 2002
Format: DVD
My brother, and I, first saw Big trouble..., when we were about 8 years old. We were just about to go on holiday and my father rented this video, immediate addoration!!! I mean it sounds silly now that I'm older, but my brother and I still have a copy each, it's true! Of course the subject matter is a must for all John Carpenter fans, (i.e. horror, sorcery, Kurt russell).Whilst admitting it never reaches the genre-defying heights of The Thing, or Halloween, the film never tries to be anything other than pure theatrical madness, check out Russell's performance for instance, never will you see a bigger all-american hero wannabe than Jack Burton. The special effects are great, the fight scenes are amazing, (the street fight in the alley especially between the 'wing-kong' and the chang-sings') and the script is, admirably, taking the mickey out-of-itself. All these elements make for a real good film, and with this DVD you get the extra bonus of deleted scenes, commentary, alternate endings and a much looked forward to music video starring, yes its true, John Carpenter himself...MAGIC!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 11 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
Everything about this movie is absurd..and purposefully so. Try to read the plot aloud without laughing: A mullet-wearing truck driver, Jack Burton, teams up with his Chinese-American buddy to battle ancient Chinatown demons commanded by the ethereal 2000 year old Lo Pan and rescue their respective green-eyed (would-be) girlfriends, all with the aid of local magician/tour bus driver Egg Sheng and his lazy-eyed sorcery.

Yet, somehow, it all works perfectly. Kurt Russell is a riot as the hero, Jack Burton, a bumbling and inept, yet surprisingly hardy, truck driver with a lot of buddies in Chinatown who has to take on a world of Chinese legends. His loud-mouthed bravado at all times (presumably he's intended to be a classic jerk American foreign devil) forms the basis for his irrepressible camaraderie with the other heroes in the movie. He may have no idea what he's doing..... but he's gonna do it anyway. Some viewers may be misled (as I was) into thinking this was some sort of cheesy martial arts film. It isn't. This is a flat-out comedy that just happens to involve a lot of swordfights, demons, and electrical discharges. Some classic examples of the typical humor drenching the film include 1) several Chinese elders and mystics sitting around a table discussing ancient curses while Jack Burton shouts at his insurance carrier about the loss of his big rig truck in the background, 2) At the start of the climactic pitched battle, Jack Burton, in a fit of adrenaline-stoked fury, fires wildly into the air with his gun and dislodges a rock from the ceiling that knocks him unconscious, 3) Jack Burton facing off against evil demonlord Lo Pan while wearing lipstick from his smooching of one of the female love interests.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2002
Format: DVD
A tale of sorcery, romance and bravery in the tongue-in-cheek movie! After visiting his friend Wang, Jack Burton is thrust into a world which he cannot believe. Trying to save Wang's Fiancee, Jack finds himself fighting the evil sorcerer Lopan, in a quest to save the world (and his beloved truck). With action, comedy, magic and superb characters (including
Kim cattral as reporter Gracie), this is a worthy addition to anyones dvd collection! Who cares about extras when you have such an enjoyable, fantastic movie! A must see!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. JONES VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
It's a hard task trying to rate this film. On one hand I'm looking at the whole film and on the other I'm just thinknin of Kurt Russell's terrific Jack Burton. This film and Prince of Darkness mark the dying days of John Carpenter's golden era.
The plot follows trucker Burton who, with his best mate, become inadvertantly involved in a supernatural gang war in Chinatown, San Francisco. On their journey deeper and deeper into the underworld they encounter street punks, demons, and a 2000 year-old sorceror who wants a green-eyed girl to make him mortal again.
Though utterly ridiclous in every way, the set-pieces are always entertaining, particuraly the first scrum-down between the two rival gangs in an alleyway and the encounters with the 'three storms'. There are lots memorable sequences and dialogue, most involve Burton's mis-guided, all american hero making an idiot of himself.
It's easy to see why this panned by critics, but at the same time, its great fun and pure escapism. I'd recommend this to people looking for a good laugh. The commentary between Carpenter and Russell isnt as sharp as The Thing's and meanders a bit but is still good to listen to unliken some commentaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 14 Oct. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As with a few of my other reviews i don't feel i need to review the film as its already a classic but instead intend to put down a few bits that will assist people who are considering purchasing a copy of this title from the US.

1) The Blu ray states on the back of the cover that it is a region A disc. After checking various sites which say its multiregion i tried it out. It currently works on my F&H multiregion DVD player and it also works on my Region B PS3.

2) Picture and sound quality is as i have come to expect for Blu ray excelent like on all but 1 of the 80's classics.

3) Special features music video, deleted scenes, alternative ending and a few others but not really worth mentioning on here.

This version is also cheaper than purchasing the region B version which some people appear to be selling at 15 plus.
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