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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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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 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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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

In real life Mars Callahan is an accomplished pool player who met co-writer Chris Corso in a pool hall where each was trying to hustle the other. After a bitterly contested game (neither will tell who actually won) the two became best friends. Swapping war stories about their mutual experiences playing pool, the two decided to write a script based on their experiences and observations. Two weeks later the script was completed, but it would take another ten years to get it to the big screen. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after John and Mike walk into the two on two game at the party, Phil shoots the 8 ball into the far corner pocket. Right before saying 'that's how we do it!', the 8 ball's shown rolling slowly from Phil's original position. See more »

Quotes

Mike: This one's for all the marbles, boys.
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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 Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Ball
Written by Dave Dinnall
Performed by Runawaz
Published by Attackin Tunes/Utopia Music/Cherry Lane Music Publishing (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Attack Records
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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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