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China Moon

China Moon
Starring:
Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio del Toro, Patricia Healy, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Charles Dance


Rated: R for language and nudity.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 4, 1994 Released by: Orion Pictures

In a day and age when a woman has to be very careful about whom she meets at a bar, this movie points out that a man should also watch his back.

Homicide detective Kyle Bodine (Ed Harris) is attracted to the sultry Rachel Munro (Madeleine Stowe) when he sees her across the room at a local Florida lounge. At first, she's flirty and welcomes his attention, but abruptly leaves him. He tracks her down through her credit card receipt - the first of his many mistakes.

They have an affair, even though she tells him of an abusive, wealthy husband (Charles Dance). Bodine and his younger and inexperienced partner are even dispatched to investigate calls of domestic disturbances at her home.

When Rachel shoots her husband, supposedly in self defense, Bodine helps her get rid of the body and cover up his death. His troubles really start when his own partner begins vigorously investigating Munro's death with new found expertise.

Despite a rather interesting premise, the chemistry between the two very attractive stars is surprisingly lacking and a disappointing ending makes this less than satisfying.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
China Moon     C+                     C+ 

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