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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Tippi Hedren, Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZR3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    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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    I feel that the main reason for people believing this to be a bad film is that they don't understand it.
    T. Schoon
    The cinematography is appropriately understated; however, it is in the editing that the pace of the film begins to bog down.
    Matthew N. Barry
    I thought the actors Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren were perfect for the roles they played in this movie.
    Mary parrish

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    44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By T. Schoon on 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 By Think Kam™ on June 1, 2000
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    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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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Rosenblum on March 22, 2012
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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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