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

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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 »

Goofs

Danny shuts the door when he breaks into the pawn shop, but when he leaves it is open again. See more »

Quotes

Max: [in the diner] Did you guys know, that the average penis size is 6.4 inches? And that the average vaginal canal is 7.9 inches.Therefore, in this country alone, there's over 17,000 miles of unused, virgin pussy out there.
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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 The Color of Money (1986) See more »

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Superstar
Written by Josey Scott (as Josey Sappington), Chris D'Abaldo (as Chris Dabaldo),
Wayne Novotny and Paul Crosby
Performed by Saliva
Published by Almo Music Corp. and Five Superstars Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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worth watching and excellent if you play too
11 June 2002 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Christopher Walken happens to be one of my favourites, and it was a nice surprise to see him in this film - but even without his charismatic acting, it would surely have been worth the time. Excellent showing of the game at it's brilliant best, it is also pretty funny, mostly believable (even tho a couple of times the hustling was made a bit too easy) and has more depth than Color of Money or the old one which had Minnesota Fats in it.. forgot the name of that one.

I'd double rate this film 9-10 for pool players, 7-9 for others.

Oh and the guy playing the hustler is a nice find, hope to see him in some other new films too.


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