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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ben Gazzara
Timothy Carey
Seymour Cassel
Directors
John Cassavetes
Screenwriters
John Cassavetes
Running Time
113 minutes

The Killling Of A Chinese Bookie
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Plot
After being coaxed into playing cards with money he didn't have, nightclub owner, Cosmo (Gazzara) finds himself in way over his head with debts beyond his capabilities. So faced with an alternative, he chooses to, at the request of his debtor, kill a Chinese bookie. But can he go through with it?


Verdict
With a star turn from Gazzara as the nightclub owner, you begin to sympathise with someone you perhaps wouldn't normally as he finds himself backed into a corner by wily mobster Cassel. With a heavily improvised script Cassavetes gets the most from his actors, each giving emotive performances.


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