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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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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

DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS
Written by Henry Glover
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An undiscovered gem about gambling, sex, and growing up in a tough world
6 April 2000 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is Matt Dillon's best performance by far. This shows why everyone thinks he has such talent. But like most of his other work, this movie is dark and realistic about human nature -- in a word, truthful. All the characters have at least two levels -- the superficial level, and a deeper level which is usually darker and more warped, yet never exaggerated. This film also features a masterful performance by Tommy Lee Jones, an excellent job by Suzy Amis, and Diane Lane's most sensational, most lurid, and deepest performance ever in her depiction of a scheming strip tease queen, the ultimate femme fatale, yet a tortured little girl underneath.

The script is very good, very insightful, very restrained in its depiction of a lurid underworld of raw emotion. It dramatizes a world of sin and depravity, yet the story is at core a morality play in which decency and morality not only survive but thrive in spite of extreme temptations.

A good movie on every level.


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