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16 May 1990 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Martin Priest ... Harry Plotnick
Ben Lang ... Leo
Maxine Woods ... Kay
Henry Nemo ... Max
Jacques Taylor ... Jack
Jean Leslie ... Irene
Ellen Herbert ... Mae
Sandra Kazan ... Margie
Ronald Coralian ... Mel Skolnik
Max Ulman ... Sidney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Basile ... Doctor
Margo Ann Berdeshevsky ... Millie (as Margo Solin)
Ethel Burke ... Ida
Stephen Cheng ... Jimmy Hong
Sarah Christie ... Tillie
Christopher Cross ... Telethon MC
Hollis Culver ... Call Girl
Shirley Ann Davis ... Call Girl
Angelo DeLuca ... Natale
Ron Fredrics ... T.V. floor manager
Hal Friedlander ... Dog Trainer
Sylvia Glickman ... Miss Pike
Ernesto Gonzalez ... Carlos
Paul E. Guskin ... Stevie
W. Harris ... Julie
Seymour M. Heilbron ... Commissioner
Jack Hirsch ... Dr. Feinstein

Ronald F. Hoiseck ... T.V. floor director--Ron Fredericks
B. Michael Kamber ... Lawyer
Mike Longo ... Singer
Leonard Margolin ... Commander
José Ocasio ... Jesus
Nicholas Ponzini ... Tony
Zviah Ralbag ... Hattie
Ruth Roemer ... Linda Skolnik
Henry Rothblatt ... Lawyer
Stanley Schneider ... Doctor (as Stan Schneider)

Ed Setrakian ... Vitale
Neil Shapiro ... Sammy Warner
Jeanette Wilkins ... Cheryl
Paul Zayas ... Fernando
Jack Fitzstephens ... Bar-Mitzvah Extra (uncredited)
Stephen Fitzstephens ... Bar-Mitzvah Extra (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo ... Fireman (uncredited)
Holly Solomon ... Call Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Roemer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Roemer  writer

Produced by
Michael Hausman .... associate producer
Martin Priest .... associate producer
Michael Roemer .... producer
Robert M. Young .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Lewin 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Young 
Film Editing by
Georges Klotz 
Terry Lewis 
Costume Design by
Lily Partridge 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralf D. Bode .... electrician (as Ralf Bode)
Aristides Pappidas .... best boy
Aristides Pappidas .... electrician
Editorial Department
Maurice Schell .... assistant editor
Ruth Schell .... additional editor

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The film was shot in black and white in the late 1960s and was not given a proper release. Almost exactly twenty years later, in 1989, it was discovered and given a proper release for the first time.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Winner about A Loser, 13 January 2003
Author: Zen Bones from USA

Here's something new: a little B/W film with no stars, about a middle-aged Jewish ex-gangster who wants to go into the catering business --AND it's not "Hollywood sit-com cute"! It's understandable that with all of that going 'against' it, no one wanted to release this film back in 1970. Luckily, director Martin Roemer never underestimated the richness of his film. Twenty years after being turned down by Hollywood, he decided to try the independent festival circuit and there, he found his audience.

The plot against Harry Plotnick is basically his own conscience and paranoia working against him. He'd left a good marriage unaware that his wife was pregnant at the time, not that it probably would have made a big difference to him back then. He was obsessed with the numbers racket, where he made a fair amount of money but ultimately spent a fair amount of time in prison, only to discover upon his release that the rackets had been taken over by various minorities. Now Harry is beginning to see the signs that it's time to make good with his conscience, with his family and with God. Not an easy feat!

This film is a wonderful glimpse into the kind of independent cinema that was around during the early seventies. It's 'early John Cassavetes meets early Woody Allen'. Unlike THE FRENCH CONNECTION or MEAN STREETS, both good films that depicted very specific worlds within Manhattan at that time, this film opens up a whole variety of worlds. Thus it steers free of cliches, no matter how deep it goes into the ethnic backgrounds of its characters. People are just people. Not all good or all bad. This film is like a breath of fresh air compared to the ultra-hip indie films of today. It's effortless, humorous, poignant, and an extremely enjoyable time capsule of the recent past.

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