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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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Original title
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Year
Running time
135 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
John Cassavetes
Music
Bo Harwood
Cinematography
Frederick Elmes, Michael Ferris, Mitchell Breit, Al Ruban
Cast
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Producer
Faces Distributing Corporation
Genre
Drama | Crime. Neo-noir. Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
Cosmo Vitelli owns the Crazy Horse West, a strip joint in California. He's laconic, a Korean War vet, and a gambler. When we meet him, he's making his last payment on a gambling debt. Then, he promptly loses $23,000 playing poker at an illegal local casino. The guys he owes this time aren't so friendly, pressuring him for immediate payment. Then they suggest that he kill a Chinese bookie to wipe off the debt. Vitelli and the film move back and forth between the double-crossing, murderous insincerity of the gamblers and the friendships, sweetness, and even love among Vitelli and the people around him.
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