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The Big Town (1987)

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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Mr. Edwards
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Ferguson Edwards
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Phil Carpenter
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Sonny Binkley
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Carl Hooker
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Deacon Daniels
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Dorothy Cullen
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Ginger McDonald
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Prager (as Mark Danton)
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Cool Guy (as David Elliott)
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Garage Boy
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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 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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He came to town looking for luck, looking for love . . . If he gets lucky, he'll leave with his life . . . (Video Australia) See more »


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25 September 1987 (USA)  »

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The Arm  »

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$1,733,017
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Trivia

This was director Ben Bolt's first Hollywood feature, and it was greenlit by newly appointed Columbia chief David Puttnam. Puttnam had worked with Bolt's father, the legendary Oscar winning screenwriter Sir Robert Bolt, on several unmade features. Bolt had been brought in to replace Harold Becker after he had fallen a week behind schedule very early on, and spent an inordinate amount of money on a street set. See more »

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 (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

JIM DANDY
Written by Lincoln Chase
Performed by La Vern Baker
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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My expectations were bigger
30 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was attracted to this movie when I looked at cast list, but after I watched it I must admit that I felt a bit disappointed. The main problem of this movie is that actors aren't capable of holding this movie on their back. Why? Because of bad script. Although Dillon, Lane and Jones try very hard to take this movie on another level, there is no innovative storytelling and the direction is too ordinary. So for Matt Dillon fans this is watchable movie, just like for admirers of beautiful Diane Lane. Legendary Tommy Lee Jones is always great but this is not movie for him; far below his level. So if you get hooked up by this great cast watch it but don't expect anything big or extraordinary. The only thing that you'll remember about this flick is Diane Lane scenes; rest of it is very forgettable.


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