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?
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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