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

Third collaboration between Matt Dillon and Diane Lane since working on The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983). 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

GOODNIGHT MY LOVE (PLEASANT DREAMS)
Written by George Motola and John Marascalco
Performed by Jesse Belvin
Courtesy of Kamp Associates Inc.
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Even Dillon can't carry this film on his back
28 October 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Big Town" tells of a small town man (Dillon) with a knack for shooting craps who goes to Chicago to seek his fortune. The film has an excellent cast and all of the story elements required to make a good film. However, tv director Bolt doesn't manage to accomplish that goal as the film is sorely lacking in style, artistry, cohesion, and vision. Instead we see talented performers mechanically going from set to set resulting in an ordinary film product which is flawed, full of incongruities, and not equal to the sum of its parts. An okay watch for Dillon fans now on cable.


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