Directed by and starring Jackie Chan, and set in 1930s Hong Kong, Miracles is a gangster film that is equal parts comedy and action film, with a touch of melodrama thrown in for good measure. Chan stars as a young man who rescues a dying crime boss in 1930s Hong Kong. When the boss passes away, he is tapped to become the new leader. He attributes his good luck to an old rose seller and the roses he buys off of her. To pay her back for all of his good fortune, he helps her pretend to be a wealthy socialite, just as she had described herself in letters to her daughter in order to help impress her daughter's wealthy fiancé and not queer their upcoming marriage. The plot is lifted from Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933), which Capra remade in 1961 as Pocketful of Miracles. Of course, like all Jackie Chan films, this movie contains more--and more innovative--fight scenes than Capra could ever dream of. Two set pieces in particular are stunning: A big fight in a restaurant and the final battle in the warehouse of a rope factory. Along the way, Chan throws in a musical number inspired by Busby Berkeley and a whole lotta heart, making this a well-rounded and entertaining film, which Chan himself has allegedly referred to as his favorite. --Andy Spletzer

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Miracles (1989)

PG-13

Action/Comedy/Crime

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Directed by and starring Jackie Chan, and set in 1930s Hong Kong, Miracles is a gangster film that is equal parts comedy and action film, with a touch of melodrama thrown in for good measure. Chan stars as a young man who rescues a dying crime boss in 1930s Hong Kong. When the boss passes away, he is tapped to become the new leader. He attributes his good luck to an old rose seller and the roses he buys off of her. To pay her back for all of his good fortune, he helps her pretend to be a wealthy socialite, just as she had described herself in letters to her daughter in order to help impress her daughter's wealthy fiancé and not queer their upcoming marriage. The plot is lifted from Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933), which Capra remade in 1961 as Pocketful of Miracles. Of course, like all Jackie Chan films, this movie contains more--and more innovative--fight scenes than Capra could ever dream of. Two set pieces in particular are stunning: A big fight in a restaurant and the final battle in the warehouse of a rope factory. Along the way, Chan throws in a musical number inspired by Busby Berkeley and a whole lotta heart, making this a well-rounded and entertaining film, which Chan himself has allegedly referred to as his favorite. --Andy Spletzer

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Status

Released
Cast
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Jackie Chan

'Charlie' Cheng Wah Kuo
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Anita Mui

Luming Yang
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Ah-Lei Gua

Madam Kao (as Yah-Leh Gui)
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Chun-Hsiung Ko

Tiger
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Wu Ma

Uncle Hai
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Bill Tung

Tung
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Kenny Bee

Reporter #1
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Anthony Carpio

One of Tiger Lo's men
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Anthony Chan

Reporter #2
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Kwok-Kuen Chan

Chen Wah's Man
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Sai-Tang Chan

Rope Factory Worker
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Tat-kwong Chan

Rope Factory Worker
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Wai-yue Chan

Lady Rose's Friend
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Paul Che

Ping (as Biu Law Che)
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Chih Hua Chen

Man on Street
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Jing Chen

Party Guest
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Ti-ko Chen

Chen Wah's Man
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Lawrence Cheng

Reporter #3
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Jacky Cheung

Bespectacled Clerk
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Tsan-Sang Cheung

Ship Passenger
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Wah Cheung

One of Tiger Lo's men
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Huang Chin

Lady Rose's Friend
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Wellson Chin

Policeman at Station
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Calvin Choi

Job-seeking Immigrant
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Remus Choi

Job-seeking Immigrant
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Yuen Chor

Magistrate Benjamin
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Billy Chow

Thug
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Kong Chow

Chen Wah's Man
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Michael Man-Kin Chow

Dai Jek Dung
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Tau Chu

Chen Wah's Man
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Tiet Wo Chu

Chen Wah's Man
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Ju Fang

Woman at Pier
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Kong Fong

Boss Pai (as Kang Fang)
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Hark-On Fung

Thug
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Chi Man Ho

Hotel Manager
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Ricky Hui

Lady Rose's Friend
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Regina Kent

Gang member's molested girlfriend
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Elvina Kong

Foxy
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Suki Kwan

Dancer
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Keung-Kuen Lai

Man
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Rocky Lai

One of tiger lo's men
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Siu-Tin Lai

Felon in Police Station
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Man-Chung Lam

Band Conductor
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Billy Lau

Tong
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Siu-Ming Lau

Ho's Boss
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Lan Law

Woman in Governor's Room
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Chun Kit Lee

Tiger Lo's Man
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Hoi Sang Lee

Thug
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Kin-sang Lee

Tiger Lo's man
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Pei-ling Lee

Dancer
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Bo-Jing Leung

Barber
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See-ho Leung

Bellboy
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Wen-Tai Li

Chen Wah's Man
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Han Ling

Man at Police Station
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Ken Lo

One of Tiger Lo's men
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Lieh Lo

Fei
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Pui Lok

Mrs. Lo
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Fong Lui

Snake Ming
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Ray Lui

Lu
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Vincent Lyn

Party Guest
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Kei Mai

Chen Wah's Man
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Mars

Policeman
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Anders Nelsson

Supreme Court Judge Nelsen (as Anders Nelson)
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Man-Tat Ng

Chen Wah's Man
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Richard Ng

Captain Ho
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Kuang Ni

Mr. Ku's Friend
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Joe Nieh

Ku's Son
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Louis Roth

Governor Steaves
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Yee Seung

Woman in Governor's Room
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John Sham

Reporter #4
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Fui-On Shing

Chen Wah's Man (as Fook-On Shing)
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Wai Shum

Tiger's Man
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Edmond So

Job-seeking Immigrant
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Chi Wai Tai

Tiger Lo's Man
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San Tai

Chen Wah's Man
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Tai-Bo

Thug
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Yat Ching Tam

Missing Reporters' Boss
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Ching Tien

Chow
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Feng Tien

Elder Ku
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Kan-Wing Tsang

Beautician
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Wei Wang

Commander Wong
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Dick Wei

Tiger
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James Wong

Mr. Ku's Friend
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Melvin Wong

Counselor Lo
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Pauline Yuk-Wan Wong

Mrs. Steaves (as Pauline Yu-Huan Wang)
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Shu-Tong Wong

Chen Wah's Man
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Sun Wong

Hotel Clerk
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Fung Woo

Hotel Manager
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Zhilun Xue

Dancer
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Simon Yam

Policeman
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Mondi Yau

Mrs. Wong
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Amy Yip

Party Guest
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Gloria Yip

Belle
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Ha-lei Yip

Tailor
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Biao Yuen

Cameo
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Rik Thomas

Fei (voice) (uncredited)
Crew
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Jackie Chan

Director
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Golden Way Creative Group

Writer
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Hal Kanter

Writer
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Robert Riskin

Writer
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Damon Runyon

Writer
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Edward Tang

Writer
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Harry Tugend

Writer
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Disc Releases
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Black Dragon

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

12/23/2003

Disc Title Front Cover

Miracles

(DVD)

2/16/1999

Disc Title Front Cover

Miracles

(DVD)

2/6/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

Miracles

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/10/2000

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