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The Big Town (1987)

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It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank ... See full summary »

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J.C. Cullen
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George Cole
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Mr. Edwards
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Ferguson Edwards
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Phil Carpenter
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Aggie Donaldson
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Sonny Binkley
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Carl Hooker
Del Close ...
Deacon Daniels
Meg Hogarth ...
Dorothy Cullen
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Ginger McDonald
Alvaro D'Antonio ...
Prager (as Mark Danton)
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Cool Guy (as David Elliott)
Steve Yorke ...
Garage Boy
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Storyline

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank at a private craps game at the Gem Club, owned by George Cole, and falls in love with two women, one of them Cole's wife. Infuriated, Cole wagers everything on the craps table, including the Gem Club itself, and he and Cullen have it out. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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Lady luck is always on his side. Tonight, she's on fire. See more »


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25 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Arm  »

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$1,733,017 (USA)
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Goofs

J.C. buys into the craps game with $500 ("5 C's to the pass"), but the closeup shot shows 4 $100 bills on the table. See more »

Quotes

George Cole: Cullen, you're gonna pay for this!
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Connections

Referenced in Ha-Kluv (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

RUBY BABY
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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luck be a lady tonight
28 August 1999 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies you find on the television in the wee hours of the morning. Matt Dillon does a credible job as a young man trying to break into big time gambling- craps not a skilled game like poker. Of course, he is torn between two women- one good and one rather conniving. Tommy Lee Jones plays a man who wants to break this young upstart. The action is lively and the side stories keep the movie going. The music from the 50's is a nice addition to the sound track.


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