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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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Cast

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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
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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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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 (USA)
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Trivia

This would be Ben Bolt's only Hollywood feature. 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 (1991) 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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well made but flawed retro-noir
7 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Matt Dillon plays a hayseed crap shooter with unbeatable luck who, in late 1950s Chicago, joins a Windy City syndicate and falls hard for the femme fatale wife of an unscrupulous gambling boss. Despite some errors in casting this otherwise familiar urban crime story is, at least in presentation, a lot smarter than it may first appear. The relative youth of the two leads is fatally inconsistent with the very grown up crime and passion scenario, but director Ben Bolt wisely underplays the neo-Noir mood by refusing to rely on the trendy smoke-and-strobe-light pyrotechnics so common in modern thrillers. The gritty urban setting is instead recreated in all its cheap romantic glamour, and the script has its arcane gambling slang down pat, but the film is something of an anachronism in today's over-hyped market: a competent (if minor) drama, made thirty years too late.


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