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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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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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Director Ivan Passer and screenwriter David Scott Milton started interviewing ex-addicts at the Phoenix House, near where they were putting on a play together entitled 'Duet for Solo Voice'. The resulting screenplay was originally much more serious in tone when shot. The comic elements were played up later in the editing process. 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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'Born To Win, A Gem!
8 March 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

'BORN TO WIN' Is a Downbeat, but Somewhat very funny look at drug addicts, in New York, The ever Excellent George Segal, plays JJ a former Hairdresser,Who is fixed on heroin,and with him on his quest for the perfect fix is his pal played by Jay Fletcer,

One night on the streets JJ is attempting to steal a car,but is amusingly caught by the owner who is played by the free spirited Karen Black,who brings Segal home together the pair fall for each other despite Segal's, desperate Heroin ridden antics,

Cult Favorite Paula Prentiss,(The Original Stepford Wives) plays JJ's former wife who is Highly strung, unfortunately she becomes property of the local pimp and supplier 'geek' played by Hector Elizondo,

One scene in this classic that's worth mentioning is Segal's superb knack for physical comedy is the 'take your clothes off' scene, that see's Segal, at the mercy of the supplier's the scene where Segal attempts to get the attention of the teenager across at the adjacent apartment is a hoot! And Segal's subsequent chase clad only in a robe is hilarious! A Very Young Robert De' Niro, plays an undercover cop out to bust JJ,

Don't be fooled by the many DVD's available of this classic with 'De Niro on the cover Segal is the Star!


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