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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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Johnny
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Tara
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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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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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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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Rod Steiger's last film. See more »

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On the last couple of plays at the end of the movie, two different 9-balls are seen between shots. There is one with a black ring around the 9 and one with no ring at all. See more »

Quotes

Mike: You watch those nature documentaries on the cable? You see the one about lions? You got this lion. He's the king of the jungle, huge mane out to here. He's laying under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He's so big, it's so hot. He doesn't want to move. Now the little lions come, they start messing with him. Biting his tail, biting his ears. He doesn't do anything. The lioness, she starts messing with him. Coming over, making trouble. Still nothing. Now the other animals, they notice this. They ...
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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 Rounders (1998) See more »

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New York Nights
Written and Performed by Robin DiMaggio
Published by DiMaggio Music © 1999 (ASCAP)
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Rod Steiger and Chaz Palminteri work great as opposing heavies.
28 February 2003 | by (san diego) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie. I was prepared to be disappointed with a movie that is the first script, first directorial effort and first leading role for Mars Callahan but the script holds tightly together, the shots all make sense and move you along quickly and Mars has very good chemistry... It helps to have high quality actors surrounding Mars.. You can sense the freshness of some improvisation between the characters in some very humorous scenes.. Rod Steiger, Chaz Palminteri, Christopher Walken, Ricky Schroder and Allison Eastwood submerged into their respective characters... I was specially moved by Steiger's last film performance... This movie was made for a smaller budget than the previous big "pool" movie (The Color of Money) but carried itself as well as that blockbuster... Go see it!


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