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Under
pass
High Road to China
Starring: Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong,
and Robert Morley
Directed by Brian G. Hutton
Playing at the Ann Arbor Theater
By Richard Campbell
HIGH ROAD TO CHINA might be
the first big-budget Raiders of the
Lost Ark rip-off to hit the screens, but it
will surely be among the least remem-
bered.
In his motion picture starring debut,
Tom Selleck is Patrick O'Malley, a
down-and-out ex-air ace chartered by a
millionaire's heiress to search for her
long lost father in the wilds of
Afghanistan.
But where Raiders was non-stop ex-
citement, High Road to China is con-
tinually dull; where Selleck's
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"Magnum, P.I." has careless charm,
O'Malley is maddeningly one-
dimensional; and where director Brian
Hutton's earlier Where Eagles Dare is
tantalizing camp entertainment, High
Road plods along to its petty con-
clusion.
According to the press release, High
Road to China takes place in the
roaring '20s, from Istanbul to
Afghanistan, Nepal, and China. For all
its location shooting (in Yugoslavia)
however, High Road never gets off the
ground. The film could have been shot
in California for all the impact the set-
ting has on the production. And the only
conceivable reason to push the film
back to the '20s is to have some reason
for O'Malley to fly extremely
photogenic biplanes.
Any film with airplanes in it must hav
the obligatory soaring-through-the-
clouds shots. But the only difference
between High Road to China and a
cigarette commercial, is that even a
cigarette commercial has style.
Hutton fails to make High Road ex-
citing in just the places where this type
of film demands to be exciting. What
passes for action in this action-adven-
ture film is tame. All the fights, ex-
plosions, and wars are neatly wrapped
up before Selleck flies on to the next
pseudo-location.
Naturally, there is love to be found in
this picture. Selleck is hired to find the
father of Eve Tozer, played by Bess
Armstrong. After the cliche I-hired-
you-for-this-job-so-I'm-going-with-you
speech, we're set for the cliched Oh-
s-hate-you-let's-fall-in-love bitchy
romance. Romance is putting it a bit
strongly - you couldn't even flick your
Bic with the sparks of this that are sup-
posed between Armstrong and Selleck.
It's one thing to have an adventure pic-
ture with explosions and chases
covering up for any deficiencies in the
romance, but High Road has neither.
Can Tom Selleck act? Will he ever
break out of his Magnum, P.I.
stereotype? This movie can't answer
either question. In one scene O'Malley,
laughing it up with the guys, explains
that shooting down teenage German
pilots in the Great War is no reason to

Not
mashed
yeast
Eden's Restaurant and Dell
330 Maynard
Hours: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-
Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; Closed
Sunday
By Deborah Lewis
YOU MAY wonder - would Woody
Allen like Eden's Restaurant and
Deli? Well, if we base our answer on
what Alvie Singer thought of the
mashed yeast and alfalfa sprouts in
Annie Hall, we might prematurely
assume "no." But those who frequent
Eden's commonly praise the restaurant
for its innovative food combinations,
the laid back (man) atmosphere, and
their commitment to the non-bland.
Eden's is not mashed yeast.
Recently, Eden's added turkey,
chicken and fish to their once all-
vegetarian menu. Their menu
professes that "all poultry used in our
cooking is free-range and raised
without the use of hormones, drugs or
feed additives." Puts your mind at
ease, huh? But that's not all-the fruit
and vegetables are organically grown
(I guess that means manure).

The chapati sandwiches, the chile
(meatless), and the casseroles are still
the classics here and probably will
remain so despite the addition of the
new deli. The deli still appears too
sterile to be taken seriously, and from
the looks of it, will not alter the clientele
a bit.
The deli' at Eden's shouldn't be con-
fused with an authentic New York style
deli, those wonderful, cramped quar-
ters bedecked with salamis, but they do
sell a typical variety of cheeses for the
usual high prices one finds in the Big
City. Eden's does seem to carry every
olive ever to grow under the scorching
Mediterranean sun-black, green, and
the highly elusive calamata olive.
The deli also features a fresh assor-
tment of sea creatures: Dey got ze Vite
fish, dey got ze smoked salmon, und
trout, und vaht else! Nova lox ($3.50 for
1/4lb.)
The new deli shouldn't be the sole
reason for going to Eden's. Consider it
an accessory, something that extends
their food wardrobe, go there for the
suit and not the cufflinks. Eden's
grocery, situated in front of the
restaurant on the street, has been
selling everything the deli has to offer
for years.
The main fares vary each day-as do
their quality. Every day (except Satur-
day) there are three offerings: one
hearty, feisty cheese-smothered
conglomeration, one saucy, lighter out-
pouring of vegetables served over their
either-you-like-it-or=you-don't unhulled
rice, and finally the plain old system-
cleansing, dry, dull Rice and
Vegetables. The Rice and Vegetables,
though probably thrown together fresh
daily, are reminiscent of the last supper
of a starving farmer. Some call it their
'Third World Entree."

Tom Selleck: But can he act?

* get a medal. It's a nice little scene and
Selleck looks properly remorseful, but
there's not a single line in the rest of the
film to supplement or twist that
emotion. Since High Road to China isn't
an actor's film we'll have to wait to see
if Selleck has any talent behind his
charm.
Bess Armstrong, it can be 'said, is
certainly out of her element playing a
strong, free-spirited heroine. Perhaps
it's just the combination of her and
Selleck, but you expect her to com-
pletely whither whenever she must
stand up to O'Malley.
In the supporting cast, Jack Weston is
enjoyable as O'Malley's ace mechanic
(in this film, everyone's either an ace
or a villain). Weston mugs, screams,
and squeals in all the right places.
Robert Morley, veteran British charac-
ter actor, is embarassingly flat as the

arch-villain. Cross-cutting between
O'Malley's adventures and Morley's
plotting merely clutters up the film and
reduces rather than heightens any
suspense.
Wilford Brimley is completely
wasted in his small but important role.
Brimley has only recently started his
career as character actor - you've
seen him in The China Syndrome, Elec-
tric Horsemen, The Thing, and he prac-
tically stole Absence of Malice away
from Paul Newman - but except for a
great entrance in High Road, he seems
a waste.
The whole movie ends up looking like
a waste. All that time, effort, and
money wasted on an attempt to find a
box-office bonanza. But Hutton is no
Spielberg, and High Road to China is no
Raiders.;

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Eden's: Sunny veggies.

The second type of entree is served
over rice and has a saucy, assorted
vegetables status. The best bites in this
category are the chunkier concoctions.
Be wary of the Cauliflower with Wine
sauce and other goulash-like dishes.
They tend to be thick (as a person can
be thick, dull, and staid).
The highlight of Eden's, the paradise
all of us desire in our hearts, the red-
dest apple inthe gastronomic cor-
nucopia, is the casserole they covet in
its rectangular stainless steel altar of
goodness. There is nothing better to be
had at Eden's than the cheese-topped
casserole. But watch those who dolest
thine casserole. there are a few Eden's
people who make sure - and this is im-
nportant, wallet watchers - that you
receive every ingredient that is in the
title of the entree. If the place is busy,
however, you may not get even a fork-
ful of spinach or mushrooms in your
Spinach and Mushroom. Tell them that
you came all the way from Kalamazoo
for more than a starch pile of rice.
If you-like Mexican food with lots of
beans don't miss their "famous" chili,
Enchiladas, and especially the Mexican
Melt. Add some Clancy's Fancy hot
sauce to taste and all of these favorites
can become state-of-the-art HealthMe
dishes.
Other cheese casserole favorites in-
clude the Brussel Sprout Melt, Sunny
Veggies (but how is one to take a foord
Other cheese casserole favorites in-

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