Jackie Chan's Miracles

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Action, Comedy, Martial Arts

Seeking his fortune in the big city during the 1930's, country bumpkin Charlie (Jackie Chan) kicks his way into a career by aiding a dying gangster's mob. When this capo croaks, his minions believe he's appointed clueless Charlie as their new leader. Charlie's ascendancy is threatened by a rival gangster named Tiger Lo (Ko Chun Hsiung) who tries to muscle...read more

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Seeking his fortune in the big city during the 1930's, country bumpkin Charlie (Jackie Chan) kicks his way into a career by aiding a dying gangster's mob. When this capo croaks, his minions believe he's appointed clueless Charlie as their new leader. Charlie's ascendancy is threatened by a rival gangster named Tiger Lo (Ko Chun Hsiung) who tries to muscle in on Charlie's business empire, including a legitimate nightclub venture. Pressed on one side by the cops and on the other by Tiger Lo, superstitious Charlie never makes a move without first buying a flower from Lady Rose (Gua Ah Leh). Meanwhile, Lady Rose, who's been fibbing to her daughter about her social status, learns that her daughter plans a visit with a prospective bridegroom and father-in-law. Can Charlie take time out from mob maintenance to ensure that Lady Rose impresses her child? This period piece generates undeniable curiosity value: it's a martial arts remake of Frank Capra's A POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES, itself a remake of Capra's earlier LADY FOR A DAY. Changing Charlie's good luck merchant from Apple Annie to Lady Rose is only one of writer-director-star Jackie Chan's questionable "improvements"; Gua Ah Leh exudes so much natural elegance, there's no kick to seeing her transformed temporarily into a lady. Although Chan's retooling provides a showcase for his typically dazzling footwork, the changes don't enhance the heart-tugging elements of this Depression Era tale. Still, it's fun to watch Chan tweak gangster film stereotypes and the overall production has plenty of heart and humor.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Seeking his fortune in the big city during the 1930's, country bumpkin Charlie (Jackie Chan) kicks his way into a career by aiding a dying gangster's mob. When this capo croaks, his minions believe he's appointed clueless Charlie as their new leader. Charl… (more)

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