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The killing of a Chinese bookie

Format: DVD 2004
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Film & Audio - Feature Film DVD IN TRANSIT
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor Film & Audio - Feature Film DVD
 
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Summary
John Cassavetes takes a contemporary film noir turn (which he would return to in Gloria) after exploring domestic melodrama in A Woman Under the Influence with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, the owner of a sleazy Los Angeles strip joint, who loses $20,000 at a mob gambling club owned by a small time gangster (Seymour Cassel). Since Cosmo doesn't have the $20,000, he is forced to murder a Chinese bookie in order to clear his debt to the mob. What Cosmo doesn't know is he's part of a set-up. The bookie is actually a West Coast mob boss protected around the clock by bodyguards. The mobsters figure that Cosmo will be killed in an impossible hit and they can take over his nightclub. But Cosmo proves luckier than the mobsters think -- he manages to kill his target, and now the mobsters have to track down Cosmo and kill him. Initially, at 133 minutes, the movie was subsequently re-edited by Cassavetes to 109 minutes. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
John Cassavetes takes a contemporary film noir turn (which he would return to in Gloria) after exploring domestic melodrama in A Woman Under the Influence with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, the owner of a sleazy Los Angeles strip joint, who loses $20,000 at a mob gambling club owned by a small time gangster (Seymour Cassel). Since Cosmo doesn't have the $20,000, he is forced to murder a Chinese bookie in order to clear his debt to the mob. What Cosmo doesn't know is he's part of a set-up. The bookie is actually a West Coast mob boss protected around the clock by bodyguards. The mobsters figure that Cosmo will be killed in an impossible hit and they can take over his nightclub. But Cosmo proves luckier than the mobsters think -- he manages to kill his target, and now the mobsters have to track down Cosmo and kill him. Initially, at 133 minutes, the movie was subsequently re-edited by Cassavetes to 109 minutes. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide
Additional Information
Series Criterion collection ; 254.
Subjects Gamblers -- Drama.
Gangsters -- Drama.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher [Irvington, NY] : Chicago, IL :Criterion Collection ;2004
Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment,
Edition Widescreen version.
Contributors Cassavetes, John, 1929-1989.
Burton, Philip E.
Gazzara, Ben, 1930-2012.
Carey, Timothy Agoglia, 1929-1994.
Cassel, Seymour, 1935-2019
Phillips, Robert, 1925-
Woodward, Morgan, 1925-2019
Kullers, John Red.
Ruban, Al.
Harwood, Bo.
Faces Distribution Corporation.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Participants/Performers Ben Gazzara, Timothy Agoglia Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward, John Red Kullers, Al Ruban.
Other Contributors Cinematography, Mitchell Breit, Al Ruben ; music, Bo Harwood ; editor, Tom Cornwell.
Audience Rated R.
Language English
Notes English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Videodisc release of the 1976 and 1978 motion pictures.
Original release version (1976, 135 min.) -- Director's cut (1978, 108 min.).
Special features: Disc 1. The 1976 cut: New high-definition digital transfer of John Cassavetes' original 135 minute edit of the film, with the restored image and sound, and enhanced for widescreen televisions; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; optiomal image quality; RSDL dual-layer edition. Disc 2. The 1978 cut: New high-definition digital transfer of Cassavetes' 108 minute edit from the 1978 theatrical re-release, with restored image and sound, and enhanced for widescreen televisions; new video interviews with star Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban; audio interview with Cassavetes and film historian Michel Ciment conducted after the film's release; stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; optimal image quality; RSDL dual-layer edition.
System Details DVD; Dolby digital; 1.85:1 aspect ratio (widescreen).
Description 2 videodiscs (243 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0780029224
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