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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
135 minutes
performer:
Seymour Cassel, Ben Gazzara
author:
John Cassavetes
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

John Cassavetes made nervous, edgy movies, and his jittery, homemade style is perfectly suited to video. In The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Gazzara plays a gambling addict and owner of an L.A. strip joint who agrees to kill a Chinese mobster to pay for a debt he racks up at the tables. Nobody captures the hopeless illusion of glamour in dark, dingy bars as effectively as Cassavetes, and this existential tale of male urban angst, with its wasteland of cars, bars, and blaring lights, is at times a brilliant downer. B

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