Big Trouble in Little China

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An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.


  • Kurt Russell
  • Kim Cattrall
  • Dennis Dun
  • James Hong
  • Victor Wong
  • Kate Burton
  • Donald Li
  • Carter Wong
  • Peter Kwong
  • James Pax

Did You Know?


  • According to John Carpenter and Kurt Russell in the DVD commentary, the story was originally written as a western, but Carpenter decided to set it during modern times. They even mention that instead of Jack Burton's truck being stolen, it was originally his horse.
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  • In the first fight scene in the alleyway that Jack and Wang witness, the same stuntman can be seen charging, fighting, and indeed being KO'd alternately dressed as a Chang Sing, or Wing Kong.
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    • Jack Burton: I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things.
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Was too young to see it in theaters when it came out. So it was Amazing to finally get to experience it one. I’m All The Way Up after seeing it on the Big Screen

Julio L



The first 30 minutes of the movie gave me lots of room for hope. It was fast-moving, it was visually spectacular, it was exotic and lighthearted and filled with a spirit of adventure. But then, gradually, the movie began to recycle itself. It began to feel as if I was seeing the same thing more than once.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Though the film does contain a few minutes of patented Carpenter camera magic, it is unable to sustain either story or character. For all its flash and color, it is a dull film--an artless dig in the Spielberg garden. [02 July 1986, p.C3]

Metacritic review by Rick Kogan
Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune