Killing of a Chinese Bookie
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, the dancers, a dancer's mother, and the club's singer, Mr. Sophistication.
- 52nd STREET Leo Carrillo Zasu Pitts
- ACROSS THE TRACKS Brad Pitt Rick Schroder
- BLOCKADE Henry Fonda Madeline Carroll
- BLOOD FOR DRACULA Joe Dallesansro Udo Kier
- BLOOM Stephen Rea Hugh O'Connor
- BORN INNOCENT Linda Blair Joanna Miles
- BREAKER MORANT Edward Woodward Bryan Brown
- CHOSEN, THE Maximilian Schell Rod Steiger
- CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN'T Rossano Brazzi Paul Tripp
- CRYSTAL BALL Ray Milland Paulette Goddard