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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad (as Rick Schroder)
Toupee Jay
Mike Massey ...


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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Release Date:

28 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biliárd életre-halálra  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Rod Steiger's last film. See more »


The people standing behind Johnny when he bets Chico $20,000, change twice between shots. See more »


Mike: I'm gonna leave you with nothing.
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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 »


New York Nights
Written and Performed by Robin DiMaggio
Published by DiMaggio Music © 1999 (ASCAP)
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Throughly entertaining movie
3 March 2003 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

In a market that has been repeatedly saturated with compartmentalized film making, taking moments from other films and cut and pasting them into others. This was an unexpected success and a fun movie to watch. Well made, solid in its delivery, photographed beautifully, the shots are constantly moving not distracting or misleading they engage the viewer, you don't get bored watching several games of pool which is most defiantly not a spectator sport. Character development is another success. You know the characters throughout the film, you see the progress, it makes senses and there are no unexpected character jumps. There are some cheesy moments, but they lighten the movie. Not taking themselves so serious, is nice to see in what is a serious movie. With so much mainstream crap being flooded in the market; it was nice to go see a movie that kept me entertained without shoving as much preprogrammed junk in front of my face. I left happy and entertained!

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