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Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 31 March 2002
Moyher's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University for the sun and sexy girls- and the proximity of gambling paradise Las Vegas. Benny ... See full summary »

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Benny Silman
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Stevin 'Hedake' Smith
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T-Bone
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Joe Jr. (as Nick Turturro)
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Brady
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Adam
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Troy (as James LeGros)
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The Mook
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Larry
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Dominic
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Big Red
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Nick (as Jeremy Luc)
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FBI Agent Simms
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Agent Vasquez
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Moyher's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University for the sun and sexy girls- and the proximity of gambling paradise Las Vegas. Benny aces his studies, being a mathematical genius, but the one who earns money from him at sports is bookie Troy, who however recruits him as subcontractor, making a few thousand for himself. The next year Benny starts for himself, with a few dozen student vassals, and makes a hundredfold. A friend's big brother, Chicago stock-broker Joe Jr., doesn't hold Benny to a $6,000 loss but plants the idea of cheating by playing the 'spread' trough an accomplice jock, notably NBA-class college basketball player Stevin 'Hedake' Smith. Local drug lord Big Red imposes himself as second investor, but Benny manages to keep that secret for Joe's 'family'. Alas Benny also makes a single female conquest, Carolina horse rancher's daughter Callie, whose moralistic nagging not to 'waste his talent' makes working job, studies ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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31 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Big Shot - Wie das Leben so spielt  »

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Michael Ritchie's final film. He wrote the story before his death in 2001 and the film was dedicated in memory of him. See more »

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During the basketball game, it is obvious that the "people" in the upper seats are clearly cardboard cutouts due to a lack of extras on the set. See more »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Written by Steve Bauman (I) and Ron Finn
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The Money, The Money, The Money
1 April 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Although this film is a product of the MTV generation, with its hyper-speed cuts to go with the sex, drugs, and money, it actually is a very entertaining movie. The story is about Benny Silman (David Krumholtz), just a normal college student, who gets a taste of making lots of money and becomes addicted. He becomes a bookie, making small time bets on sporting events with the local college kids. After a while, Benny is approached by a big time bookie (Nick Turturro), who tells him that there is more money to be made. Soon after, Benny becomes friends with the starting point guard for the college basketball team, and convinces him that he could make a lot of money if they were to fix games. Benny now is making big time money, but is he too deep into the lifestyle that, if trouble brewed, he couldn't get out?

As I said before, a very entertaining movie, very well placed, at the time of the NCAA Tournament, to let people know the dangers of getting into serious gambling such as this. Ernest Dickerson does a good job of setting the mood with his wild camera work and settings. Since it was on FX, I'm sure that it will be played 50 times in the next WEEK, so check it out

8 out of 10


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