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Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Ws)
Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Actors: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward
Director: John Cassavetes
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     2hr 15min

A small-time Los Angeles night club owner falls for a lavish invitation to gamble at a private club. After losing high stakes on extended credit, he is pressured by a gangster to erase his debt by killing a rival underworl...  more »


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Actors: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward
Director: John Cassavetes
Creators: Al Ruban, Mitch Breit, John Cassavetes, Tom Cornwell, Phil Burton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/06/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1993
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Brilliant and sadly neglected film
Sheralyn Conduit | Perth, Australia | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" is one of my all time favourite films and I bought it the moment I saw it was on DVD. However the DVD is quite dissapointing considering it is not in widescreen (even though it doesn't really suffer from cropping) and the picture and sound quality are quite dodgy. Nevertheless it is a brilliant and powerful film that contains an excellent performance from Ben Gazzara as well as some very memorable scenes and visuals. This is surely a films that deserves a place in any true film buffs DVD collection."
Nuanced character study of a sleazeball.
John McMahon | 11/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Cassavettes' stuff, you will love this finally developed tale of an aging strip club owner in 1970s LA. If you would like to try this American original, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie might be the best place to start as it is possibly Cassevettes' most accessible film."
One of the best I have seen
David Bolle | Dallas, Texas USA | 04/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great starter into John Cassavette's films. If you have not seen any of his films, start here. Casavettes has made a masterpiece that truly looks at life and not the glorification of life. No Hollywood over-dramatisation here. The people are sleeze and yet out of the sleeze comes a story. This must have been a very big influence to Quentin Tarantino in making Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction."
Core Cassavetes
Martin Doudoroff | New York, NY USA | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is another of Cassavetes' best. Like the others in this Pioneer series, the DVD is merely adequate: it delivers the picture and sound. Likewise, Ray Carney provides a brief analytical essay in the insert that should be useful to anyone not familiar with Cassavetes' film art. We're lucky to have this film available in any form, so there's not much more to say!"