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Countess From Hong Kong (1967)

Marlon Brando , Sophia Loren , Charles Chaplin  |  G |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Tippi Hedren, Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZR3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Countess From Hong Kong" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Charlie Chaplin's final film is a delightful romantic comedy, filled with clever touches for which he's famous. Written, directed and composed by Chaplin, it revolves around Russian emigre countess Natascha (Sophia Loren), forced into prostitution in Hong Kong, who stows away in wealthy American Ogden's (Marlon Brando's) stateroom to blackmail her way to the States. Since Ogden has a mind of his own, and can even resist Natascha's charms, what follows is one of the funniest tugs of war ever devised! A wealth of talent supports the stars. There's Chaplin's Son, Sydney, as Brando's cruise companion, Tippi Hedren as his icy wife, Patrick Cargill as the ultimate gentleman's gentleman, and Margaret Rutherford as a dotty old dame. Chaplin himself tops it off with a cameo as the ship's steward! The gags are pure Charlie and his actors make the most of them, sailing in and out of slamming doors - and outrageous situations - with ease.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated May 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Countess" was Chaplin's final film and sadly I think it has been labelled as being awful. This is not the case. I feel that the main reason for people believing this to be a bad film is that they don't understand it. Chaplin always created fantastic stories out of simple ideas and this is not an exception. It is written and directed with such subtle elegance that some of the simpliest visual gags turn into the most hilarious situations. There are fantastic actors all round: Brando himself, Sophia Loren looking gorgeous, Sydney Chaplin showing that talent does run in the family and Patrick Cargill as the butler. Chaplin himself pulls a cameo and does a great job at not hogging his screen time, a mistake made by directors like Tarantino. The result is an amazingly gentle film that shows people from a fresh human perspective, a breath of fresh air by todays standards. You will be missed Charlie.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A badly underrated gem June 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This film has been trashed mostly by people who are holding this up to Chaplin's earlier masterpiece films. It is easy to see this one isn't like his other movies and it wasn't meant to be. If you were to watch this film by itself you would find that it is a unique and well made if not classicly entertaining movie. Chaplin was working on 2 or 3 different film projects when he picked this one as it was probably the least time consuming. One of the other projects was Shadows and Substance, of which he had a completed draft of the script finished (it never was filmed but may yet see the screen as some interest has been shown recently by other filmmakers in completing this project). While among the weakest of Chaplin films, A Countess From Hong Kong is still above standard fare and especially if you are spoiled by the ho-hum films of modern day this one is a nice, witty 60s flick that will please those of us with an attention span greater than a jelly fish. A Countess From Hong Kong is a sure bet for fans of Chaplin, Marlon Brando or Sophia Loren.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a little old-fashioned for 1960s standards May 8, 2003
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A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG was director/comedian Charlie Chaplin's final film. In this film he is the director, writer and composer.
The story concerns a beguiling Russian countess named Natascha (Sophia Loren - HOUSEBOAT), a young woman forced into prostitution in Hong Kong, when she happens to meet an American politician named Ogden Mears (Marlon Brando - A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SUPERMAN). She stows away in his stateroom aboard a ship headed back to the States, where she belives she can escape her miserable life.
The usual battle-of-the-sexes ensues, when Natascha and Ogden are forced to spend the entire voyage together, bickering and fighting over their different opinions and tastes. But its soon evident that they are in love. Things become complicated when Ogden's icy wife (Tippi Hedren - THE BIRDS, MARNIE) joins the ship at Hawaii, while Natascha finds herself marrying Ogden's valet in order to gain an American passport!
This is a film that feels a little old-fashioned for the 1960s, but it is a rather charming and engaging romantic comedy. Perhaps the film is best-known for launching the hit single "(Love) This is My Song", made famous by Petula Clark. The movie also stars Sydney Chaplin, Patrick Cargill and Margaret Rutherford in a rather-clever cameo.
The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
This DVD is part of a new series of classic releases from Universal that also include "Pillow Talk", "Send Me No Flowers", "The Thrill of It All!" and a twofer of "Man's Favorite Sport?/Strange Bedfellows".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's Sad Finale October 29, 2004
Format:DVD
"A Countess From Hong Kong" (1967) is painfully unfunny and depressing to sit through, particularly since it was Charlie Chaplin's cinematic swan song. At age 77, he was out of touch as a filmmaker and no longer enjoyed the creative autonomy of his own studio - hence the overall static quality. Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren are expected to do little more than Chaplin imitations. Both performers appear ill-at-ease with the weak romantic-comedy material. If only Chaplin had allowed a documentary to be shot on the "Countess" set - it would have been more enjoyable than this leaden farce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny vivid and bright September 5, 2012
Format:DVD
I don't remember another movie which made me lough so much! Don't be too critical. Just listen how music compliments the scenes, look how beautiful and lovely is Sophia Loren, watch how gradually melts Mr. Ogden's heart. Just enjoy how one could enjoy a masterpiece. An average movie, as some try to present it, would not survive this long! 45 years and still attracts attention
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I recently bought the film "A Countess from Hong Kong" that was the last film directed by Charlie Chaplin. Even though I am an admirer of Charlie Chaplin's acting and directing talents, an admirer of Marlon Brando's acting achievements especially in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On The Waterfront," and an ardent admirer of Sophia Loren's voluptuous beauty that is equally matched by her acting ability, I was discouraged from buying this DVD by the movie reviewers who declared that Charlie Chaplin's last movie was a flop. Luckily, I was encouraged to buy this DVD on the basis of the previous three perceptive reviewers of this movie. As they note both Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando live up in "A Countess in Hong Kong" to their lifelong ability to create three-dimensional characters who have both a dramatic and comic awareness of the situation that they are in. There is a definite chemistry between Marlon Brando's and Sophia Loren's characters in this movie. It is entirely believable that the two would fall in love with each other given each of their character's circumstances. Marlon's character is trapped by a loveless marriage, by his inheritance of his father's wealth as a Texas oil tycoon, and by his attempt to have a political role to play in the U. S. Government even though his political posturing is expressed by empty, uninspired rhetoric and lacks sincere personal conviction. He is truly trapped by his marriage, his wealth that he inherited but had no role in making, and his unfulfilling political ambitions. Marlon's character becomes increasingly moved by Sophia's character's seemingly hopeless predicament of trying to flee from her life of prostitution in Hong Kong by stowing away in Marlon's character's suite on board the ship that is travelling to Hawaii. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Brando standards
Marlon Brando in certain roles is an incredible actor, but this is not one.
and Sophia Loren is one of the most beautiful actresses to ever grace
the big screen but not... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rodney B. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this one
Frankly the reason I bought this was Sophia Loren. Marlon Brando is not one of my favorites. How many movies of his have been successful for me? This is the only one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barrie Bracken
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's swan song
Although you can see that Charlie Chaplin used some of the tricks he used in his silent flicks, the story line and the acting was great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by david erickson
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad swan song - Excellent cameos, not a great film overall
In Charlie Chaplin's last film, made when he was 78, Marlon Brando is an oil baron’s son trying to enter politics. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Surferofromantica
3.0 out of 5 stars slight comedy
I 'm just not a fan of marlon brando in this comedy. But I liked Sophia loren and for such so-so material she was good in what she had to work with.
Published 7 months ago by jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie
I thought the actors Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren were perfect for the roles they played in this movie.
My Daughter loved it as well. It is a nice romantic comedy. Enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by Mary parrish
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS EXPECTED
I LOVED THIS MOVIE WHEN I SAW IT YEARS AGO -- VERY DISAPPOINTED AFTER WATCHING IT THIS TIME - GLAD I DIDN'T SPEND A LOT OF $ ON IT.
Published 9 months ago by Jack Lo Cicero
3.0 out of 5 stars I have already send in two reviews on this movie a few weeks ago?
Please look at my last full review that I sent in over three weeks ago or more.....
Thank You m
Published 9 months ago by sally
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have stopped while he was ahead with King in New York.
I adore and repeatedly watch every one of Chaplin's talkies but this last one he made. Maybe if he starred in it it would have been different and we could still watch the master at... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. T. Kalvin
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this is my song
That is the theme song for this movie and Charley Chaplin wrote it. We used this song as our wedding song over 40 years ago. The cassette however did skip for a second or two.
Published 14 months ago by J
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