A well-meaning story falls flat in GOLDEN GATE, an oversimplified depiction of the legacy of McCarthyism intertwined with an interracial romance.
In 1952, 21-year-old FBI agent Kevin Walker (Matt Dillon) is assigned to dredge up Communists in order to prove to J. Edgar Hoover that the San Francisco office is doing its job. He trumps up an espionage case against laundry worker Chen Jung Song (Tzi Ma), who has been innocently sending money
to his family in China. Ten years later, Song is released from jail but cannot get a job because of his tainted reputation. He commits suicide, jumping off a cliff near the Golden Gate Bridge. Walker attends the funeral and bef...