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Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 31 March 2002
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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 ... 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Features Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) See more »

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Written by Steve Bauman (I) and Nick Nolan (II)
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What a joke!
2 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I would like to know just how 20th Century Fox (the actual production company), ran out of money toward the end of this shoot. The storyline is good. Of course, it's a true story, so you get what you expect. I enjoyed the characters, especially Nick Turturro, but how in the hell did they not have enough money to shoot the last basketball scene....correctly?!?

If you watch the last basketball scene (ASU v. Washington), about a 1/3 of the crowd is made up of real people....and the rest? Cardboard cut-outs!!! May seem superficial, but I thought it instantly made this a less-than-mediocre "made-for-tv" movie. Pure schlock.


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