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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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Brett
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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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money | hustler | jail | beating | revenge | See more »

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Sometimes you get a second shot... Make it. See more »

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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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Trivia

There were no camera tricks or special film editing used for any of the billiards shots in the film, although many of the special "trick shots" (other than the one above) were performed by billiards legend 'Robert LeBlanc', who appears as professional "Bobby LeBlanc" in the film. See more »

Goofs

The indoor scenes of Johnny's local pool hall "Hard Times" is shot at Hard Times in Sacramento and has no windows. The exterior shots are of a Salt Lake pool hall which have many noticeable vertical windows. 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 »

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Referenced in LiTTLEMAN (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Use Me
Written and Performed by Bill Withers
Published by Interior Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Neat pool flick
16 July 2003 | by (ft. lauderdale, florida) – See all my reviews

Not going to tell you about the movie, there are enough people on here that have. I just wanted to say that I also agree with the people that did not understand the negative comments. I watch a ton of movies so I have a lot to compare this one to. Its not academy award material by any means. But I thought the acting was very good and I enjoyed the storyline. The movie kept my attention throughout. I thought it was one of the better movies that I have seen. I would recommend this movie. All I can say is, you know what they say about opinions...lol.


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