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Locasso
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Angie
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Phil
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Al Sheehan
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Pamela Bel Anu ...
Jackie
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Lenny
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Vinnie's a bookie, happily married, running his operation for 30 years out of his bar in Brooklyn. Times change, the boys up the chain want a bigger profit, so Vinnie's expendable He's assigned a hotheaded kid, Tony, the nephew of a local mobster. Vinnie's told to school the lad, use him for collections, and teach him some sense. What Vinnie doesn't know is that once Tony learns the ropes, Vinnie will be out. Tensions mount when Tony goes around Vinnie's paternalistic ways, takes a bet from an unemployed alcoholic, and demands that the loser's wife pay the vig in trade. Is there any way out for Vinnie - with or without his good name? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »
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4 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Money Kings  »

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Premiered on Cinemax after it could not find a distributor for a theatrical release. See more »

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Vinnie: I'm a bookie bloodsucker, living off other people's sickness.
Ellen: Quit.
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Written by Barbara L. Jordan and William Peterkin
Performed by Pete Peterkin
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A wistful tale of a too-nice bookie
6 May 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

A wistful tale of a bookie past his prime and too nice to play the debt collector. Peter Falk gives an amazing performance as a small time Boston bookie who's far too reluctant to enforce the tough tactics of his mob boss. The movie starts slow but rewards with a touching tale aided by an inspiring cast. Lauren Holly is convincing as a self-sacrificing waitress wife of her gambler cum alcoholic husband and shows she's no barbie doll. Excellent acting also by Tim Hutton as Holly's irresponsible husband and Tyne Daly as Falk's wife. The dull spot is Freddie Prinze Jr's (who should remain in comedy) one-dimensional role. He was unable to portray well his role as an arrogant self-serving and cowardly young punk.

Vig (or Money Kings) is a story about how the simple way of life can never be the status quo. This is a story about commitment, responsibility, sacrifice and doing what is right. Great movie and a touching tale.


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