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China Gate (1957)





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A U.S. soldier of fortune (Gene Barry) teams up with his activist wife (Angie Dickinson) to lead a party of French Foreign Legion troops on a mission to destroy an ammo dump held by the Communist Chinese in Vietnam. The tension between the two grows as they get closer to the prime objective. This film was the first to deal (indirectly, to be sure) with the Vietnam conflict.

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Gene Barry
as Sgt. Brock
Angie Dickinson
as Lucky Legs
Paul Dubov
as Capt. Caumont
Lee Van Cleef
as Maj. Cham
George Givot
as Cpl. Pigalle
Gerald Milton
as Pvt. Andreades
Marcel Dalio
as Father Paul
Maurice Marsac
as Col. De Sars
Warren Hsieh
as The Boy
Paul Busch
as Cpl. Kruger
Sasha Harden
as Pvt. Jaszi
James Hong
as Charlie
William Soo Hoo
as Moi Leader
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Critic Reviews for China Gate

All Critics (2)

Though not one of Samuel Fuller's best films, it's still worth seeing as an early Hollywood drama-actioner about Indo-China and for Angie Dickinson, who became a star a year later.

March 27, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Both the overloaded heroic war drama and the heavy-handed romance narrative have an air of phoniness.

June 30, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for China Gate

In "China Gate," it is 1954. And with the French about to be unceremoniously kicked out of Vietnam once and for all, they intend to give the Communists one last explosion to remember them by. To do so, they want blow up an ammo dump. So, they recruit Lucky Legs(Angie Dickinson) who can get them through an enemy checkpoint. She wants her son to be sent to school in America in return. They agree, even if it is awkward to have Sgt. Brock(Gene Barry) commanding the mission, as he is the father of her child who had rejected him due to his Asian heritage. In any case, it is Goldie(Nat King Cole) who volunteers to carry the volatile triggers Even in hindsight, it might seem tone deaf to dedicate a movie about Vietnam to France.(I wonder if Jean-Luc Godard ever saw this one.) But due to Samuel Fuller's film making prowess that owes somewhat to journalism, sensitive yet hard boiled, his film "China Gate" does not end up being the unintentional laugh riot that John Wayne's "The Green Berets" turned out to be. Overall, "China Gate" is a fairly entertaining action movie with a couple of neat touches. For example, not only does Fuller call out the lead character for his racism but also makes a provocative move in 1957 with a soldier who is black, highly competent, brave, resilient and well-armed.

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