Thousand Pieces of Gold

Nancy Kelly, Chris Cooper, Dennis Dun, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Michael Paul Chan, Rosalind Chao, Will Oldham

Streaming video - 1990

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (Tribal Justice). Upon its release in 1990, the film won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho's gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), ...a man of different ilk, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

Saved in:
Subjects
Genres
Feature films
Online Access
A Kanopy streaming video
Cover Image
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kino Lorber 1990.
2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Title from title frames.
Film
In Process Record.
Physical Description
1 online resource (streaming video file) (107 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Other Authors
Nancy Kelly (film director), Chris Cooper (actor), Dennis Dun, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Michael Paul Chan, Rosalind Chao, Will Oldham