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      The World of Suzie Wong

      Released Nov 10, 1960 2h 9m Drama List
      33% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 68% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When American artist Robert Lomax (William Holden) first meets beautiful Chinese native Suzie Wong (Nancy Kwan) aboard a ferry, she claims to be the virginal daughter of a prominent man. But when Robert spots her again in a Hong Kong brothel, she admits she is actually a prostitute. As Suzie models for Robert's paintings, their friendship deepens into love, to the disapproval of Robert's crusty British friend O'Neill (Laurence Naismith) and his daughter, Kay (Sylvia Syms), who fancies Robert. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety On the decidedly negative side are three passages in which realism is virtually abandoned for theatrical effect. May 27, 2008 Full Review Time Out Denied the chance of being honest about its subject, it soon degenerates into euphemistic soap opera, with vague gestures towards bohemianism and lukewarm titillation. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times [A] wildly romantic, vividly imagined color film. Rated: 3.5/5 May 21, 2005 Full Review Allan Morrison Jet Magazine [The screenplay] has adhered most faithfully to the original story, but fails to reproduce the charm and tenderness that made Mason's book such endearing reading. Jan 16, 2024 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator It is sad to see Richard Quine, once a fair hope for 'mad' comedy, but growing progressively more sentimental and soft, slithering into a fifth-rate weepie like The World of Suzie Wang. Jul 18, 2018 Full Review TV Guide The World of Suzie Wong is rife with problems. Rated: 2/4 Apr 17, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Meredith S The original Lomax character is supposed to be British, and its hard to believe that in the 60s a professional man would fall for a hooker, no matter how nice she is....sorta like a precursor to Pretty Woman. Anyway, Nancy Kwan is amazing, as she is in all her roles. William Holden is kinda blah, but its an OK movie that superficially touches on class, privilege, poverty and what a woman will do to survive. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/13/23 Full Review TM S Quite dated, of course, 1960. Amazing shots of Hong Kong, the working class areas, not the touristy shots one might expect. One of Hollywood's very first inter-ethnic romances, and with a major leading man of the time, William Holden no less. Of course "Suzie Wong", Nancy Kwan already came from a Chinese-European relationship. Most grating is lack of any middle class or on up Chinese, or working men at all, all are women, and all are prostitutes. No wonder the 1949 revolution was needed! A revealing film of its time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review D W Cute, good location photography, some sweet characters, requires an ability to deal with dated content. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/16/22 Full Review steve d There is not a whole lot to any of it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A rather strange premise about exploring alternate moralities between cultures. Good cinematography, editing, acting, set decorations, costumes (va-voom), but yet this film will make those with traditional moralities feel uncomfortable - in spite of the Hollywood ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Though stereotypical, this interracial romantic melodrama was one of William Holden's most popular films, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When American artist Robert Lomax (William Holden) first meets beautiful Chinese native Suzie Wong (Nancy Kwan) aboard a ferry, she claims to be the virginal daughter of a prominent man. But when Robert spots her again in a Hong Kong brothel, she admits she is actually a prostitute. As Suzie models for Robert's paintings, their friendship deepens into love, to the disapproval of Robert's crusty British friend O'Neill (Laurence Naismith) and his daughter, Kay (Sylvia Syms), who fancies Robert.
      Director
      Richard Quine
      Producer
      Ray Stark
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      World Enterprises
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 10, 1960, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 15, 2011
      Runtime
      2h 9m
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