Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen is a 1981 comedymystery film directed by Clive Donner that stars Peter Ustinov, Angie Dickinson and Lee Grant.[1]

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen
Directed byClive Donner
Produced byJerry Sherlock
Screenplay byStan Burns
David Axelrod
Story byJerry Sherlock
StarringPeter Ustinov
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyPaul Lohmann
Edited byWalt Hannemann
Phil Tucker
Production
company
Jerry Sherlock Productions
Distributed byAmerican Cinema Productions
Release date
  • February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

Retired detective Charlie Chan is asked for his help by the San Francisco police to solve a new series of murders. This time his usual sidekick, Number One Son, has been replaced by Lee's own son, Lee Chan, Jr.

The prime suspect in the killings is a shady lady known as the Dragon Queen, but soon Chan's suspicions fall elsewhere. Among those at risk are Lee's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lupowitz. Even though Charlie Chan's son is, as is usually the case, rarely accurate in reading clues, he has the full love and support of Cordelia, his beautiful fiancée.[2]

Cast

Reception

Critical response

Critic Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote in his review: "Clive Donner's Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen... is a looselimbed, immensely good-natured entertainment that moves easily between parody and slapstick without ever doing damage to the memories of the character who, in the 1950s and 1960s, gained something of a following as a figure of camp."[3] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 5.5/10 with 5 critics' responses.[4] TV Guide gives Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 0 out of 5 stars.[5]

Release

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen was released in theatres on February 13, 1981.[3]

Home media

The film was released on DVD on September 7, 2004, by Trinity Home Entertainment.[6]

References

  1. "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System This last Charile Chan Film (Time Warner). Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  2. "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen". AllMovie. San Francisco: All Media Network. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  3. Canby, Vincent (February 13, 1981). "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  4. "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen". Rotten Tomatoes. United States: Fandango. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  5. "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen". TV Guide. United States: NTVB Media (magazine) CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation) (digital assets). Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  6. "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen". Trinity Home Entertainment. Marina del Rey, California: Trinity Home Entertainment LLC. September 7, 2004. ASIN B00031V24Y. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
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