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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
- 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?
Fresh: When Cassavetes is really cooking, even the moments that are awkward and forced can become electric.
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
Fresh: A postnoir masterpiece.
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.