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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  R HD

John Cassavetes

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Plot Summary

John Cassavetes engages film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays gentlemen’s club owner Cosmo Vitelli, a man dedicated to pretenses of composure and self-possession. When he runs afoul of a group of gangsters, Cosmo is forced to commit a horrible crime in a last-ditch effort to save his beloved club and his way of life. Suspenseful, mesmerizing, and idiosyncratic, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is a thought-provoking examination of desperation and masculine identity.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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77%
  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Watching the film is like listening to someone use a lot of impressive words, the meanings of which are just wrong enough to keep you in a state of total confusion, but occasionally right enough to hold your attention. What is he trying to say? – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: When Cassavetes is really cooking, even the moments that are awkward and forced can become electric. – Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine, May 3, 2013

Fresh: John Cassavetes, who made much of his money performing in action films, put that experience to work as the director of this hard, brooding crime drama – Richard Brody, New Yorker, May 3, 2013

Fresh: A postnoir masterpiece. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Beware: There is NO music!!!

Don't buy this. There is NO music in this movie. Even one scene where a girl is trying out to be a dancer, there's no music. Why on earth this happened I have no idea, but you DON'T WANT TO BUY THIS WITHOUT MUSIC!!!!! The movie itself I give five stars, but this version I give one star because there's no music. This is a travesty.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 1978

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