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Charlie Chan and The Curse of the Dragon Queen

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Product Description

The inscrutable detective matches his legendary wit against his old nemesis, The Dragon Queen! Follow Chan through the most unlikely of obstacles as he watches over his klutzy grandson and his fiancée rushing to save them from a fate worse than death! Featuring an all star cast

About the Actor

Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Ustinov, Roddy McDowell, Angie Dickinson

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None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Joe Bellan, David Chow, Karlene Crockett, Angie Dickinson, Larry Duran
  • Directors: Clive Donner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Trinity Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00031V24Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2006
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During the 1930s Charlie Chan films were extremely popular with Asian American audiences; by the 1980s a later generation derrided them for their use of caucasian actors Warner Oland and Sidney Tolar in the title role. CHARLIE CHAN AND THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON QUEEN attempts to play to both sides of the coin, acting as both homage and parody of the original films. Not surprisingly, when released in 1981 it pleased neither.

Set in San Francisco, DRAGON QUEEN finds Chan called out of retirement in Hawaii to uncover a serial killer whose trademark is "bizarre deaths;" he is assisted by his grandson, a bumbling Lee Chan Jr. who proves as much hinderance as help. Like most films that do not fulfill their promise, the problem begins with the script: it never really references the Chan films in any significant way, nor does it ever develop the fangs required of an effective parody. Nor are the two leads well suited to their roles: both Peter Ustinov and Angie Dickinson are wildly out of place as Chan and the Dragon Queen, utterly unfunny in every imaginable way.

The saving grace of the film is in the supporting players. Perhaps the single most successful performer is Lee Grant in the role of Jimmy Jr.'s maternal and very Jewish grandmother. Grant aside, the always memorable Roddy McDowell and the brilliant Rachel Roberts jolt their every scene to life; Brian Keith plays against type as a hysterical and wildly profane police officer; and Richard Hatch is surprisingly good as Chan's bumbling grandson. Michelle Pfeiffer, in one of her earliest roles, is thrown in for good measure--and while the script gives her little to do beyond look pretty and giggle she does both extremely well.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Caren Vermont on August 11, 2005
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I couldn't understand how I'd never seen it before. I love Charlie Chan films, I love Peter Ustinov. I love silly all-star casts (Death on the Nile is one of my favorites.). How could I fail to love this film? Well, it was just awful. Ustinov is okay, though the voice he chooses for Chan is actually kind of annoying. The real problem isn't anybody's performance, it's the script. Chan's son is a bumbling idiot far surpassing any of the clownishness of the older films. He's also half Jewish and played by Richard Hatch who, diplomatically, is neither Asian nor Jewish. Let's not get into the white Ustinov playing Chan. It just shows how much had not changed in the years since the originals. It isn't funny, it isn't warm--as many of the older films were--it isn't clever. It is overplayed, but not camp. It is slapstick, but not surprising. It just fails miserably. Then, to add insult to injury, in one of the special features, Richard Hatch, whose career has really soared since then, let me tell you, drones on and on about how athletic he is and how he did most of his own stunts and how he impressed the casting people. I have a bone to pick with many special features added on to movies that don't even deserve release on DVD, much less eulogies presenting them as if they actually were good or significant films. This disc is the epitome of that kind of overblown nonsense. The short about American Cinema is okay, if you really believe that a studio that produced Chuck Norris movies is worth eulogizing, as well. This DVD does nothing but glorify junk.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gompie on June 7, 2006
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The film as such is very bad, the plot is not even close to the simple but great ones of the original Chan movies. But what is the worst is the quality of the DVD itself. Bad sound and picture quality. I really wouldn't be surprised at alle if it was just a simple but bad copy from a VHS tape. People shouldn't be allowed to sell this kind of quality! In short, a worthless addition to my collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Williams on August 21, 2004
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A truly funny comedy with many then Unknown stars and many already big stars Peter Ustinov included. The bits are origional and constantly rolling, Michelle Pfiefer and Richard Hatch are perfectly mated as the bumbling soon to be wed pair. I loved this one!
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Let me begin by saying I love spoofs. I grew up (if that's the right word) on MAD Magazine and parodies of movies used to be a staple of that magazine. I love silliness. And I love Charlie Chan movies. However, I don't love this. I wanted to. . .really I did. Unfortunately, aside from having a script that just isn't very funny, the leads - i.e., Peter Ustinov, Richard Hatch, Angie Dickinson and Brian Keith - are dreadful (Hatch less dreadful than the others). Some of the supporting players are good. Lee Grant, Rachel Roberts and especially Roddy McDowall are lots of fun. So is Michelle Pfeiffer at her bubble-headed best. But beyond that there's not a lot going for this movie. On top of that, the video quality is absolutely dreadful, like a much-used VHS that was recorded onto DVD with no enhancing whatsoever. All in all, very disappointing. I would love to see a really well-made Chan parody. But the times, they have a-changed and I don't think anyone bothers with parodies anymore. Too bad. Chalk it up to another lost art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. LENGYEL on November 10, 2013
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Sorry, just a bad film! Writers did the worst job and I feel that's where the major blame should go too.
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