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Poolhall Junkies (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  28 February 2003 (USA)
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A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness.

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Joe
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Brad (as Rick Schroder)
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Nick
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Johnny
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Tara
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Max
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Chris
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Chico
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Toupee Jay
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Tang
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Phillip
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Louis
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Brett
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Storyline

Obsessed by the world of pool, Johnny (Mars Callahan) could be one of the best. But his mentor and "trainer" Joe (Chazz Palminteri), a shady hustler who decides how and who Johnny plays, is holding him back from his dream. When the day finally comes, Johnny breaks from Joe, which leads to only one thing -- violence. Joe is beaten up by some of Johnny's buddies as a sign to leave him alone, and with this final act of freedom, Johnny leaves the world of pool-sharking. After an ultimatum from his girlfriend Tara ('Alison Eastwood'), Johnny finally commits to a "real" job in the construction business, but is soon miserable there. He finds himself spending most of his time with his younger brother Danny (Michael Rosenbaum) who it seems is following in his footsteps on the road to a life Johnny left when he broke from Joe. As for Joe, he is bent on revenge for the beating he took, and soon he has a new protégé Brad (Rick Schroder) who is just as good if not better then Johnny. And he's got ... Written by Ryan Mcintosh <ryanmcintosh02@hotmail.com>

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money | hustler | jail | beating | revenge | See All (127) »

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Being hooked on the game could cost you your life. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biliárd életre-halálra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$301,856 (USA) (28 February 2003)

Gross:

$562,059 (USA) (21 March 2003)
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Trivia

Christopher Walken made the difficult trick shot to win the match against Tara's (Eastwood) boss on the first take. He was supposed to make a "trial run" for the scene, but he asked that the cameras go ahead and roll, in case he happened to make it on his first try, and he did. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Johnny comes home and climbs in bed with Tara after playing pool most of the night. Tara rolls over to kiss him and a large tattoo is visible on her left shoulder. Later, Johnny greets Tara at a formal business party, and the tattoo is not visible. See more »

Quotes

Max: [in the diner] Man that chick has got body karate.
Tang: Hay do you think her tits are real? I hate chicks with fake tits.
Max: Are you kidding me? Fake tits are the greatest invention of the 20th century. Plus they're safe.
Chris: Whoa, whoa, whoa, safer?
Max: Yeah. But do you know that 78% of all chicks that have fake tits involved in boating accidents do not drown.
Chris: Where do you get this shit?
Max: It's common knowledge
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a brief scene is played where Danny and Max bet Chris and Tang that Scarlet's breasts are fake. See more »

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References Rounders (1998) See more »

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Payback
Written by James Brown, John Starks and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown
Unichappell Music, Inc. o/b/o Dynatone Publishing Company (BMI)
Courtesy of Polydor Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I love this movie!
7 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie! I love how the movie was written AND directed. This was my favorite movie before I decided to go to school for TV and Video Production. I watch it now with a new view and still love it. It doesn't follow the same script we see in theaters today and I recommend it to everyone. The cast is great! Chazz Palmintri and Christopher Walken are excellent! I predict that this movie will become a cult classic. Watch it! I trust that those of you who take the time to watch this movie will not be disappointed. In case you didn't know I have to fill up 10 lines of text for this to be submitted so I will just ramble on till it becomes 10 lines. I'm getting close so enjoy the movie and watch it for yourself and then comment on this page. thanks Jessica


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