Movie Plotline:
Shanghai Surprise stars Sean Penn as Glendon Wasey, a quick-witted fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Madonna is a determined missionary nurse seeking the cursing powers of opium for her patients. She wants to help the suffering.. he want boat fare back to the states- so fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, quixotic, and quite often romantic guest for stolen drugs. The trouble is, the opium they’re after is also the target of every thug and smuggler in Shanghai.

It’s a wild rickshaw race adventure with every concubine karate-killer and crime boss in town in hot pursuit. When the hottest star couple in America hit menacing streets of seaport China, you’re in for a Shanghai Surprise!!

Film Facts:

  • 1986
  • Directed by: Jim Goddard
  • Adventure
  • Madonna as Gloria Tatlock

Movie Exclusives:

  • Produced by George Harrison’s Handmade Films and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • The newly weds Sean and Madonna took the lead in this one
  • According to Madonna, filming this movie was a true nightmare
  • Unfortunately the reception of the film was bad and received overall negative reviews
  • The movie soundtrack was never released