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Saint Jack (1979)

Jack Flowers, an American hustler in early 1970s Singapore, dreams of building a fortune by running a brothel and returning to the States to lead a life of luxury.

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Smale
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Yates
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Mrs. Yates
Monika Subramaniam ...
Monika
Judy Lim ...
Judy
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Eddie Schuman
Joseph Noël ...
Gopi
Kian Bee Ong ...
Hing
Yan Meng Tan ...
Little Hing
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Compelling character study, revolving around Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara), an American hustler trying to make his fortune in 1970s Singapore in small time pimping. He dreams of building a fortune by running a brothel himself and returning to the States to lead a life of luxury. Savvy but not unsavory he strikes up a friendship with William Leigh (Denholm Elliot), a genial and decent auditor who travels to Singapore every year. Ultimately, the background of the Vietnam War comes into the picture as Jack is offered the opportunity by the CIA to run a brothel for the R&R activities of U.S. soldiers on leave in Singapore. Written by alfiehitchie

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"People make love for so many crazy reasons-- why shouldn't money be one of them?" - The Gospel According To Saint Jack

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5 December 1979 (France)  »

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Jack el magnífico  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Knowing full well that the Singaporean authorities would never sanction a film that depicted their city as being a hotbed of corruption and sleaze, the script that Peter Bogdanovich submitted to them had been specially rewritten with all the contentious elements removed. Approval was granted. However, when the film was completed, the Singaporean authorities were horrified to see the true nature of the film and subsequently banned it. See more »

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Eddie Schuman: Ever since Kennedy and Castro, you can't get a good cigar in America.
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We thank the people of the Republic of Singapore, on whose island this picture was filmed. See more »


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Someday You'll Be Sorry
Written and Sung by Louis Armstrong
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Bogdanovich at his best
8 May 2009 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

In my opinion this is the best film by Peter Bogdanovich, to this day. It packs so much witty humor, charm and deep characterizations, and yet it looks so simple, which is the essential ingredient of any great film.

Ben Gazzara mastered the roles of strayed pimps, with a heart, most notably in Cassavetes's "The killing of a Chinese bookie", and he's on his own terrain in "Saint Jack", playing the role with ease. Supporting cast helps a lot, and most of them are probably not professional actors, which gave the more credit to Bogdanovich's directing, who, by the way, plays a great role of entrepreneurial CIA operative. It's a shame that this movie is released on DVD only in Australia, but if you look hard you can track it down, and every film lover definitely should.


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