O'Malley (Tom Selleck) is a heavy-drinking, tough biplane pilot flying the skies of China for fun and profit when Eve (Bess Armstrong) seeks him out to help her find her father before he is declared dead and she loses an inheritance to the evil Bentik (Robert Morley). O'Malley does not really want Eve around, but adventure and the challenge beckon. If only their journey together had been sparked by a little excitement, clever humor, snappy dialogue, and seductive romantic chemistry, this bland film would be a different trip altogether.~Eleanor Mannikka
Very satisfying action-adventure period piece. Tom Selleck is a WW 1 ace now making ends meet barnstorming in India. Bess Armstrong is a rich heiress hunting for her father (who disappeared in?India.) She hires him to follow her father’s trail. They grow close over the ensuing hunt from India to Afghanistan, on to Nepal, and over the Himalayas into China. Military battles occur at virtually every stop along the way. Bess is also chased by henchmen of her father’s English partner trying to take over his company. The supporting roles are filled by familiar character actors of the time. You will recognize their faces. (Brian Blessed has such a good time over acting as barbarian leaders!). Some beautiful scenery, too: all of it shot in Eastern Europe.
This has been a movie I have enjoyed several times over the years but I never owned it. It is a classic Tom Selleck movie and sorta is an action / romance / comedy.
If your expecting awesome video or audio quality then your going to be disappointed. Remember this movie is from 1983 and I don't think it has ever been digitally remastered up to today's standards. Several sceens inside buildings are noticeably grainy. The audio is nothing to write home about but has no problem in drawing you into the story line.
Overall I am glad to finally add this title to my collection before it is out of print.
High Road To China is one of the old movies that gets over looked. My wife of 45 years has gone on to be with God. This is one of the memories I have the times we watched it together as each timeas if it was our first. I am 72 now and memories of her hold me together.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Saw this years ago and loved it. Found it on Netflix and it was always a long wait. Found it here and bought it and will enjoy watching it.