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Issue: Autumn 2004

China Moon movie review

Crime of Innocence

A brilliant detective, an unfaithful wife, an abusive husband, a night under the china moon.

When Detective Kyle Bodine (Ed Harris) meets the beautiful Rachel Munro (Madelaine Stows) he is swept away. He is the man who will catch murderers no matter how clever they have been. Now, he must use all his skills to hide the murderer.

China Moon is, hands down, one of the best movies I've ever seen. It is modern Film Noir, with the honest but love-smitten detective and the beautiful femme fatale.

This is the film that turned your humble reviewer from an admirer to a full-fledged Ed Harris fan. He is remarkable as an everyman caught in a trap that is closing, closing.

Movie poster, China Moon; Festivale film review

Movie poster, China Moon

He thought it was passion. It was deceit. He thought it was love. It was murder.

He must avoid the inexorable progression of his sidekick (Benicio Del Toro), and somehow extricate himself and his love from the consequences of her actions.

Well-performed, well-paced, and fascinating. This is crime at its best, compelling and moody and quietly fascinating, without the artificiality of loud noises and fast cars to try to fool the audience into thinking the story is exciting.

A 'must see' film.

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by Ali Kayn
Released 1994
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See also: Body Heat

Just the facts:

Title: China Moon (1994)
Written by: Roy Carlson
Directed by: John Bailey
running time: 99 mins
rating: M

The Players: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance, Patricia Healy, Benicio Del Toro

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