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16 May 1990 (France) See more »
A small-time Jewish racketeer, just out of prison, finds himself in a quandary. Returning to his old neighborhood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Deep sleeper worth a look, 28 January 2003
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

This little indie sleeper--made in the sixties, died immediately, was resurrected in the 1989, and is now part of the New Yorker Video series--is distinguished by an original satiric story and a fine, sympathetic performance by Martin Priest who plays the title character Harry Plotnick, a middle-aged New York Jewish racketeer.

The film begins as Harry is being released from prison after a nine-month stay. His chauffeur immediately tells him some of his numbers runners have jumped ship and his gambling flotilla is in danger of sinking. They pick up a couple of his lieutenants who speak Spanish (which Harry doesn't understand) and they more or less ignore him. Harry quickly learns that they and his other runners think of him as washed up. Meanwhile he runs into a couple of his ex-wives and discovers that he has grandchildren. Now a rather unusual mid-life crisis ensues for Harry. He wants to give up the rackets and become an upstanding member of the community, to attend weddings and bar mitzvahs. Just how difficult that is and what transpires form the comedic story of the film.

Director Michael Roemer who also wrote the script uses authentic New York/New Jersey lifestyle details from the sixties (contemporary to him and therefore without the strained or flashy, obtrusive effect we often encounter in period piece movies) to spin his tale. There is a documentary feel to the film overlaid with light-hearted irony. The camera work is amateurish at times and the abrupt cuts lend a kind of jumpy, somehow authentic feel to the story. This can be seen as a satire of gangster films with the warm-hearted and gentle Harry as a kind of anti-Al Capone.

Bottom line: wryly original.

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