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Poolhall Junkies (2002)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  21 March 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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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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Chico
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Toupee Jay
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Tang
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Phillip
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Brett
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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 more »

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

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Drama | Thriller

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

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21 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biliárd életre-halálra  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$562,059 (USA) (21 March 2003)
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The band scene was filmed at the Dead Goat Saloon in the Arrowhead Plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah. The only differences between the movie version and the real saloon are the drapes behind the band and that the dance floor does not have round tables. See more »

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When Nick is talking to Johnny after Tara kicks Johnny out of the apartment, one shot of Nick is flipped. This is obvious by the New York Yankees symbol on his hat and his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Mike: What do you call a thousand lawyers buried up to their necks in sand?
Johnny Doyle: What?
Mike: Not enough sand.
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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 »

Connections

References The Hustler (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Use Me
Written and Performed by Bill Withers
Published by Interior Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Well worth the wait
3 March 2003 | by (Vegas) – See all my reviews

I've personally been waiting to see Poolhall Junkies since I saw Alison Eastwood on the Craig Kilborn show plugging it. I originally wanted to see it because two of my favorite actors were in it(Chazz Palmenteri, and the Great Christopher Walken). Though after the first twenty minutes of the movie I knew those two would be over shadowed by writer/director/actor Mars Callahan.

Callahan stole the show with his natural charisma and attitude. He's got great screen presence and watching him actually kind of reminded me of Christopher Walken except a bit younger and a lot less intense. This movie had a great plot nothing overly original but with the tight script it came off without a hitch. Poolhall Junkies is definetly a must see. Now that the wait is over I can see that it was well worth it.

10 out of 10


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