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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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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

money | hustler | jail | beating | revenge | See All (127) »


Some people get all the breaks. Others just get broken. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 »


After Johnny excuses himself from Beth's posse at the party, he asks the waiter if they "have anything in this joint besides champagne." The waiter shakes his head no, and Johnny says "Thought so." However in the prior shot, when Johnny is explaining how he makes money, Larry can be seen holding a rocks glass containing an amber colored liquor, presumably Scotch. See more »


Mike: I'm not sure I wanna be hanging out with a guy who noticed a crease in my pants.
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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 »


References The Hustler (1961) See more »


Tom's Tom Tom
Written by Ronald A. Mendelsohn, John Carlo Dwyer and William Bergman (as William J. Bergman)
Published by JRM Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Megatrax Production Music, Inc.
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Swingers meets The Hustler.
25 February 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

There isn't really much to say about this film. It has the basic formula, average script, average acting and yet I can't help but enjoy it. Considering it's style and snappy dialogue, it is quite obviously a Swingers inspired project and although not as successful, it still makes for some great viewing.

The cast is excellent. Walken is a standout. He brings so much to this movie, quite frankly I can't see it working without him. And Mars Callahan... A solid actor; and I get this guy, I get what he's doing and I can only hope to see him growing creatively through more of his work in future. But I am not holding my breath, writing and direction and quite clearly not his strengths and I fear that he will never top this film.

This is one of those movies that will no doubt spawn a cult following, especially among the pool hustlers out there. Look out for the great Trees Lounge reference too, a nice touch.

I don't know what is going on with the release of this film, but I bought it on (region 0) DVD at K-mart in Australia, despite the fact it hasn't hit cinemas yet. Essential viewing for any pool fanatic. 8/10.

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