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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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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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When things get hot, people get burned . . . bet on it! (Video Australia) 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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1.85 : 1
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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 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

JUKE JOINT JOHNNY
Written by Lattie Moore
Performed by Red Sovine
Courtesy of MCA Records
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fantastic,atmospheric entertainment
10 December 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

What a surprisingly good movie this one turned out to be. This is the type of film that I've been looking for ages. Particularly important for me was the fantastic-looking Chicago, which I still keep thinking about. The back cover doesn't do this film justice, it's superb, and in my top-5 for sure.


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