the 1920s, a glamorous American
socialite hires a former World War I
flying ace and hero now a hard-
drinking womaniser who gives flying
to fly her into war-torn
Afghanistan where her missing father
was last seen; but somebody is out
to stop her and the Afghans are turning
dangerous in the entertaining, tongue-
in-cheek, sky-high romantic romp High
Road To China...
AT THE INSTIGATION OF family friend Charlie (Michael Sheard), who has come
to Istanbul to warn her that she needs to urgently contact her missing father,
beautiful society heiress Evie Tozer (Bess Armstrong: Television's My So-Called
Life; Boston Legal) hires the only man available with an aeroplane to fly
her to Afghanistan former World War I hero and hard-drinking womaniser
Patrick O'Malley (Tom Selleck at the height of his fame with Magnum PI).
Afghanistan was the last place Bradley Tozer (Wilfred Brimley) was known to
have been; but somebody is out to make sure Evie does not find him. Dodging
a hail of bullets and striking hard bargains are about to become occupational
hazards as Evie, Patrick and his mechanic Struts (Jack Weston) take off for
the war-torn country.
fun, clever and highly
adventure that has
its dramatic moments
but never takes itself
is the 1920's and British troops are fighting in Afghanistan, so a less-than-friendly
welcome might be expected; but their liaison with the British troops, including
the dapper Johnny Silversmith (Jeremy Child), and a brush with the dangerous
Afghan tribesmen led by Suleiman Khan (Brian Blessed) results in an unexpected
Patrick sees Evie as a rich, spoiled brat. She has written him off as a drunkard
and a philanderer. So it's inevitable that a romance is on the cards! As they
make their way to Tibet and finally into China, their contempt of each other
turns to something else. But Bradley's scheming partner Bentik (the always watchable
Robert Morley) has agents hot on their trail.
There is no peace to be found in China either, and both Patrick and Evie risk
their lives to help an uprising as they conclude their mission. This light-hearted,
fun, clever and highly watchable romantic adventure has its dramatic moments
but never takes itself too seriously. It is funny and exciting, benefiting from
the laid-back Tom Selleck, and Bess Armstrong's portrayal of Evie's character
Filmed in 1983, High Road To China followed in the wake of the success
of Raiders of the Lost Ark but is more reminiscent of Romancing The
Stone and, two decades later, 40 Days And 40 Nights (2002), in its
High Road To China also features: Cassandra Gava as Alessa; Lynda Marchal
as Lina; Shayler Mehta as Ahmed; and Timothy Carlton as Officer. The rousing
score is by John Barry; Director of Photography is Ronnie Tyler, BSC; Screenplay
by Sandra Weintraub Roland and S Lee Pogostin, Based on a Novel by Jon Cleary;
Produced by Fred Weintraub; Directed by Brian G Hutton (Where Eagles Dare;
Road To China is released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 28 October 2013.
RRP: DVD £12.99; Blu-ray £14.99.
"High Road To China… light-hearted, fun, clever and highly watchable
romantic adventure that has its dramatic moments but never takes itself too
seriously" Maggie Woods
Words of Wisdom from the film: "The Ox is slow but the Earth is patient"