The Protector (1985)

R | 95 mins | Drama | 23 August 1985

Director:

James Glickenhaus

Producer:

David Chan

Cinematographer:

Mark Irwin

Editor:

Evan Lottman

Production Designer:

William F. DeSeta

Production Company:

Golden Harvest
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HISTORY

An 18 Dec 1984 HR production chart announced that principal photography began 26 Oct 1984 in New York City and Hong Kong. According to a 21 Nov 1984 Var article, the film’s budget was $7 million.
       As reported in a 13 Jul 1985 Screen International news brief, the picture did brisk business in the Far East. After sixteen days on fifty-five Taiwanese screens, the movie earned $1.375 million. In Japan, after twenty-three days in 100 theatres, the film took in close to $4 million.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “United States Coast Guard, Group New York Operations; New York City Fire Department with special thanks to the Explosive Unit Bureau of Fire Prevention; New York City Police Department Movie and TV Unit; Lt. Risoli, Hong Kong Police, Nichols Marine (remaining text is ... More Less

An 18 Dec 1984 HR production chart announced that principal photography began 26 Oct 1984 in New York City and Hong Kong. According to a 21 Nov 1984 Var article, the film’s budget was $7 million.
       As reported in a 13 Jul 1985 Screen International news brief, the picture did brisk business in the Far East. After sixteen days on fifty-five Taiwanese screens, the movie earned $1.375 million. In Japan, after twenty-three days in 100 theatres, the film took in close to $4 million.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “United States Coast Guard, Group New York Operations; New York City Fire Department with special thanks to the Explosive Unit Bureau of Fire Prevention; New York City Police Department Movie and TV Unit; Lt. Risoli, Hong Kong Police, Nichols Marine (remaining text is illegible).”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 May 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 1984.
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New York Times
24 Aug 1985
p. 11
Screen International
13 Jul 1985
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Variety
21 Nov 1984
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Variety
22 May 1985
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Golden Harvest Presentation
A James Glickenhaus Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr, Hong Kong
1st asst dir, Hong Kong
2d asst dir, Hong Kong
Prod mgr, New York
1st asst dir, New York
2d asst dir, New York
Unit prod mgr, New York unit
2d asst dir, New York unit
D.G.A. trainee, New York unit
Asst prod mgr, Hong Kong unit
2d asst dir, Hong Kong unit
3d asst dir, Hong Kong unit
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op, New York unit
1st asst cam, New York unit
2d asst cam, New York unit
Still photog, New York unit
Paraglide op, New York unit
Gaffer, New York unit
Best boy, New York unit
Elec, New York unit
Key grip, New York unit
Dolly grip, New York unit
Grip, New York unit
Grip, New York unit
Addl cam op, New York unit
Addl cam op, New York unit
Addl cam asst, New York unit
Addl cam asst, New York unit
Addl elec, New York unit
Addl elec, New York unit
Addl elec, New York unit
Aerial photog, New York unit
Aerial photog, New York unit
Spec still photog, New York unit
Cam op, Hong Kong unit
Cam op, Hong Kong unit
Focus puller, Hong Kong unit
Focus puller, Hong Kong unit
Focus puller, Hong Kong unit
Clapper/Loader, Hong Kong unit
Dolly grip, Hong Kong unit
Gaffer, Hong Kong unit
Best boy, Hong Kong unit
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir, New York unit
Art dir, Hong Kong unit
Asst art dir, Hong Kong unit
Art asst, Hong Kong unit
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst dir, Post prod unit
Asst ed, Post prod unit
Asst ed, Post prod unit
Apprentice ed, Post prod unit
Apprentice ed, Post prod unit
Apprentice ed, Post prod unit
Negative matcher, Post prod unit
SET DECORATORS
Set dec, New York unit
Prop master, New York unit
Prop asst, New York unit
Set dresser, New York unit
Set dressing asst, New York unit
Standby scenic artist, New York unit
Const coord, New York unit
Set builder, New York unit
Set builder, New York unit
Set builder, New York unit
Set builder, New York unit
Set builder, New York unit
Set builder, New York unit
Addl set dresser, New York unit
Addl set dresser, New York unit
Prop builder, New York unit
Chargeman scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Scenic artist, New York unit
Set constructor, Hong Kong unit
Prop master, Hong Kong unit
COSTUMES
Ward supv, New York unit
Ward asst, New York unit
Cost des, Hong Kong unit
Ward supv, Hong Kong unit
Ward asst, Hong Kong unit
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed, Post prod unit
Mus ed, Post prod unit
Mus ed, Post prod unit
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op, New York unit
Asst sdman, Hong Kong unit
Boom op, Hong Kong unit
Cableman, Hong Kong unit
Supv sd ed, Post prod unit
Looping ed, Post prod unit
Looping ed, Post prod unit
Foley ed, Post prod unit
Sd ed, Post prod unit
Sd ed, Post prod unit
Sd ed, Post prod unit
Ass sd ed, Post prod unit
Asst sd ed, Post prod unit
Asst sd ed, Post prod unit
Asst sd ed, Post prod unit
Ass sd ed, Post prod unit
Asst sd ed, Post prod unit
Ass sd ed, Post prod unit
Ass sd ed, Post prod unit
Asst sd ed, Post prod unit
Asst sd ed, Post prod unit
Apprentice sd ed, Post prod unit
Re-rec mixer, Post prod unit
Foleys by, Post prod unit
Post prod sd, Post prod unit
ADR eng, Post prod unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord, New York unit
Spec eff team, New York unit
Spec eff team, New York unit
Spec eff team, New York unit
Spec eff team, New York unit
Spec eff team, New York unit
Spec eff coord, Hong Kong unit
Spec eff team, Hong Kong unit
Spec eff team, Hong Kong unit
Spec eff team, Hong Kong unit
Titles & opticals by
DANCE
Spec eff team, New York unit
MAKEUP
Makeup artist & hairstylist, New York unit
Makeup artist, Hong Kong unit
Makeup artist, Hong Kong unit
Makeup artist, Hong Kong unit
Hairdresser, Hong Kong unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec in charge of prod
Exec coord
Prod comptroller
Nautical consultant
Guild loc mgr, New York unit
Prod office coord, New York unit
Asst P. O. C., New York unit
Prod auditor, New York unit
Dial coach, New York unit
Customs coord, New York unit
Bits and extras casting, New York unit
Casting asst, New York unit
Teamster capt, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Locs equipped by, New York unit
Payroll and computer services by, New York unit
Loc mgr, Hong Kong unit
Unit mgr, Hong Kong unit
Unit mgr, Hong Kong unit
Unit mgr, Hong Kong unit
Unit mgr, Hong Kong unit
Unit mgr, Hong Kong unit
Prod accountant, Hong Kong unit
Prod office coord, Hong Kong unit
Prod office coord, Hong Kong unit
Prod secy, Hong Kong unit
Casting coord, Hong Kong unit
Casting asst, Hong Kong unit
Prod asst, Hong Kong unit
Prod asst, Hong Kong unit
Prod asst, Hong Kong unit
Prod asst, Hong Kong unit
Prod asst, Hong Kong unit
Prod asst, Hong Kong unit
Technicolor adv, Post prod unit
STAND INS
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt unit
Stunt coord
Martial arts coord, Hong Kong unit
Martial arts coord, Hong Kong unit
Martial arts coord, Hong Kong unit
Martial arts coord, Hong Kong unit
Martial arts coord, Hong Kong unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Processing, Hong Kong unit
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"One Up For The Good Guys," composed and performed by Chip Taylor.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 August 1985
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 August 1985
Los Angeles opening: 23 May 1986
Production Date:
began 26 October 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Eurasia Investments, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
30 August 1985
Copyright Number:
PA257501
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Hong Kong, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

One night in New York City, two plainclothes detectives, Billy Wong and Michael Alexander, discover a stripped truck, which has been robbed of its cargo of computers. After their shift ends, the partners go to a bar. As Billy enters the men’s bathroom, a gang appears and kills several customers, including Michael. Billy fires his gun as the killers escape, and chases a wounded gang member to the wharf, where the man steals a motorboat. Disregarding orders from his captain, Billy follows in a speedboat, and a police helicopter joins the pursuit. Billy radios the pilot to drop him a line and pull him on board. The boats collide, killing the gangster. Later, the police captain reprimands Billy and demotes him to “crowd control.” His first assignment is a charity fashion show, working with fellow officer Danny Garoni. While the show is in progress, a masked gang abducts society hostess Laura Shapiro. Twenty-four hours later, the police captain is puzzled as to why Laura’s father, Martin Shapiro, has not received ransom demands. A Justice Department agent, Bob Cantrell, explains that the masked gang works for a powerful Hong Kong drug lord named Harold Ko, and Shapiro is suspected of being his longtime partner. Billy believes that Ko has already taken Laura to Hong Kong, and requests an assignment as a “special advisor” to Hong Kong police, with Danny as his partner. His superiors agree, hoping that finding Laura Shapiro may be the key to shutting down Ko’s heroin “pipeline” to New York. Following their arrival in Hong Kong, Superintendent Whitehead disapproves of Billy and Danny working in his city. When the detectives reveal their first lead as the Shang ... +


One night in New York City, two plainclothes detectives, Billy Wong and Michael Alexander, discover a stripped truck, which has been robbed of its cargo of computers. After their shift ends, the partners go to a bar. As Billy enters the men’s bathroom, a gang appears and kills several customers, including Michael. Billy fires his gun as the killers escape, and chases a wounded gang member to the wharf, where the man steals a motorboat. Disregarding orders from his captain, Billy follows in a speedboat, and a police helicopter joins the pursuit. Billy radios the pilot to drop him a line and pull him on board. The boats collide, killing the gangster. Later, the police captain reprimands Billy and demotes him to “crowd control.” His first assignment is a charity fashion show, working with fellow officer Danny Garoni. While the show is in progress, a masked gang abducts society hostess Laura Shapiro. Twenty-four hours later, the police captain is puzzled as to why Laura’s father, Martin Shapiro, has not received ransom demands. A Justice Department agent, Bob Cantrell, explains that the masked gang works for a powerful Hong Kong drug lord named Harold Ko, and Shapiro is suspected of being his longtime partner. Billy believes that Ko has already taken Laura to Hong Kong, and requests an assignment as a “special advisor” to Hong Kong police, with Danny as his partner. His superiors agree, hoping that finding Laura Shapiro may be the key to shutting down Ko’s heroin “pipeline” to New York. Following their arrival in Hong Kong, Superintendent Whitehead disapproves of Billy and Danny working in his city. When the detectives reveal their first lead as the Shang Hai Massage Parlor, they are warned that Ko will not hesitate to eliminate anyone who interferes with his business. As the detectives enjoy their massages, they are captured by Ko’s henchmen, and questioned by the parlor manager. The detectives admit that Shapiro is angry with Ko, but deny being police officers. The next day, while Danny and Billy visit a retired local detective, Ko’s thugs attempt a second attack, and escape following a heated battle. The Hong Kong detective has no information on Laura Shapiro, but promises to make inquiries. When Billy and Danny return to their hotel, they encounter more gangsters, and Billy shoots a man as he drives away. The car stops and an explosion follows. Local police arrive on the scene and arrest Billy and Danny. At the station, Superintendent Whitehead warns them to stay away from Ko, a legitimate businessman with a history of generous philanthropy. Undeterred, Billy and Danny go to a racetrack and interrupt Ko’s press conference. They throw cash into the air, claiming that Ko left it at their hotel room by mistake. When Billy and Danny find the retired detective dead, they persuade Soo Ling, his daughter, to help with their case. She takes them to fortuneteller, who claims that Shapiro associate Benny Garucci has traveled to Hong Kong to strike a deal, and warns they are in danger. Nevertheless, the American detectives continue their investigation, and observe Benny Garucci inspecting shipping containers at the port. At a meeting with Garucci, Ko explains that Martin Shapiro’s refusal to pay for his last shipment caused the drug lord to “lose face” and damaged their partnership. Garucci dismisses the episode as a misunderstanding, certain their business and friendship will continue. In response, Ko promises to release Laura Shapiro, and kill the American detectives before they uncover the details behind his heroin operation. Elsewhere, Billy and Danny strategize a way to rescue Laura before a hostage exchange takes place between Garucci and Ko. They enlist help from an American Navy Seal named Stan Jones, who is ready for action with his portable Israeli six-shot 20mm canon. At night in Ko’s factory, nude female workers crush heroin into fine powder for export. Behind them, Laura is locked in a cell. Billy, Danny, and Stan sneak in through a skylight and subdue several guards. As they release Laura from captivity, the factory workers scatter. Billy and his team attach explosives to worktables, and ignite them as they run to the getaway car. Garucci hides near the Americans’ car and captures Danny. While Garucci and Ko torture the detective, Billy telephones, offering to swap Laura for his partner. Ko agrees to meet Billy at his shipyards and make the exchange. Before leaving, Billy asks Stan to take Laura to Whitehead, unaware that the superintendent is one of Ko’s associates. Although Billy defeats Garucci in a fight, Ko sends several more men to attack. Billy overcomes them all, and fends off Garucci. When Hong Kong police arrive, Ko runs to a waiting helicopter and strafes the area as he flies overhead. Billy commandeers a crane and drops a shipping container onto the helicopter, resulting in an explosion. Later, the New York Police Department bestows its medals of honor on Billy and Danny for breaking up Ko’s drug ring, and confiscating a 2,000-pound heroin shipment. As the captain places medals around their necks, Danny asks what their next assignment will be. Before the captain can respond, Billy smiles and says, “Crowd control.” +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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