THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE by John Cassavetes

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ΗΠΑ/USA, 1976, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.-Σεν./Scr.: John Cassavetes. Φωτ./Cin.: Al Ruban. Μοντ./Ed.: Tom Cornwell. Μουσ./Mus.: Bo Harwood. Ηθ./Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel. Παρ./Prod.: Al Ruban, Faces Distribution. Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 135΄.

Cosmo Vitelli owns the Crazy Horse West, a strip joint in California. He's laconic, a Korean War vet, and a gambler. When we meet him, he's making his last payment on a gambling debt. Then, he promptly loses $23,000 playing poker at an illegal local casino. The guys he owes this time aren't so friendly, pressuring him for immediate payment. Then they suggest that he kills a Chinese bookie to wipe off the debt. The film captures the double-crossings of night-life, the murderous insincerity of the gamblers as well as the friendship, tenderness, and love among Vitelli and the dancers, the waiters and the club's singer, Mr. Sophistication.

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