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Born to Win (1971)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  13 July 1972 (Denmark)
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A smart-mouthed junkie/loser known as J.J. (George Segal) spends his days looking for just "one more fix".

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Veronica
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Parm
Jay Fletcher ...
Billy Dynamite
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Vivian
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Danny (as Robert DeNiro)
Ed Madsen ...
Detective
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Marlene
Irving Selbst ...
Stanley
Tim Pelt ...
Little Davey
José Pérez ...
Junior Conception (as Jose Perez)
Sylvia Syms ...
Cashier (as Sylvia Simms)
Jack Hollander ...
Harry
Alex Colon ...
Bus Boy
Max Brandt ...
Store Clerk
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A smart-mouthed junkie/loser known as J.J. (George Segal) spends his days looking for just "one more fix".

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Their story is written on his arm. If they can get a grip on each other, maybe they can turn their lives around.

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When Ed Madsen is chasing George Segal down the hallway, he slips and falls. This was not written in the screenplay, however Ivan Passer thought it looked so real he decided to leave it in. See more »

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[first lines]
J: They same I'm a charmer... that I charm the people I hustle. Well, that comes after dealing with women, after hairdressing. I love to dress hair! But being that I know what to do, being that I'm hip enough to know, I do it!
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Ballad in C
Sung by Karen Black
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Classic early Passer and G. Segal!
12 July 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

This TOTALLY, except for the cool critics (including Pauline Kael), was written off by a bad check, probably because it was another foreign director (like Milos Forman) cashing in on the real GOLDEN AGE of cinema (for America, for sure). That stuff doesn't matter. George Segal, one of the genius actors of the late 60's and 70's, gives an incredible performance as "J" the junkie, AFTER establishing himself as the comic everyman for five years. He's already done King Rat in 1965 and was nominated in 1966 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, I won't even list this dude's accomplishments in a VERY timely era and film space and he was very good. Paula Prentiss (AS ALWAYS) is wonderful, Hector Elizondo, Karen Black and a host of New York unknown stage actors will blow you away with this film. They've changed the title. OH, I FORGOT, Robert DeNiro is GREAT in this in a small role (but a good one).

Nobody cares about junkies ...and why should they? This film isn't about street fixers; it's about New York City in that time period. It's just a wonderful film. It has everything the other COOL films of the 70's had, except marketing - and it blows away Panic in Needle Park with Pacino and Kitty Wynn (a good film), but the message wasn't LEFT or RIGHT enough, even to the people who appreciated that great era of AMERICAN films and this one (like many) was directed by a FOREIGNER (a great director). I'm just babbling here now; Find this film; I found it on Video and I hope to God it's on DVD by now. It's a smooth trail of NYC hopeful desperation at the bottom of that barrel, but you won't regret the trip. An 8 out of 10. Best performance = George Segal. Find it, if you're interested in great movies of that era that didn't make a million bucks!


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