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Writers (WGA):
Michael Ritchie (story)
Jason Keller (teleplay)
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Release Date:
31 March 2002 (USA) See more »
Moyher's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Krumholtz ... Benny Silman

Tory Kittles ... Stevin 'Hedake' Smith

Carmine Giovinazzo ... T-Bone

Jennifer Morrison ... Callie

Nicholas Turturro ... Joe Jr. (as Nick Turturro)

Frank John Hughes ... Brady

Zachary Levi ... Adam

James Le Gros ... Troy (as James LeGros)

Theo Rossi ... The Mook
deMann ... Larry

Alex Rocco ... Dominic

Keith Loneker ... Big Red

Jeremy Luke ... Nick (as Jeremy Luc)

Andy Buckley ... FBI Agent Simms

Colin Patrick Lynch ... Agent Vasquez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Josh Braaten ... Billy

Kevin Brief ... Professor

Jorge Garcia ... Waiter
Jay Krymis ... Riviera valet
Meriah Nelson ... VIP Room Girl

Cray Thomas ... Student

Michael Tomlinson

Irina Voronina ... Dancer
Ryan Bosch ... Partygoer / Basketball Player (uncredited)
Andy Bray ... Student (uncredited)
D'Angelo Jones ... Shooter (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernest R. Dickerson 
Writing credits
Michael Ritchie (story)

Jason Keller (teleplay)

Produced by
Michael Lindenbaum .... co-producer
Steven R. McGlothen .... producer
Kevin J. Messick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Reinhold Heil 
Johnny Klimek 
Cinematography by
Steven Bernstein 
Film Editing by
Stephen Lovejoy 
Casting by
Allison Jones 
Production Design by
Christiaan Wagener 
Set Decoration by
Hernan Camacho 
Costume Design by
Donna Berwick 
Makeup Department
Lauren Ernsdorf .... hair stylist
Sharon Simon .... promo makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Steven R. McGlothen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Bilger .... second second assistant director
Rodney Allen Hooks .... first assistant director
Karen N. Horwitz .... second assistant director
Steven R. McGlothen .... second unit director
Art Department
Paul Breuninger .... property master
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... set dresser
Vincent Luizzi .... set dresser (as Vince Luizzi)
Kevin Shanks .... on-set dresser
Larry J. White II .... lead man
Emily A. Wilson .... art department coordinator (as Emily Meyers)
Sound Department
David C. Eichhorn .... supervising sound editor
Kathryn Madsen .... adr supervisor
William Munroe .... second boom operator
Joshua E. Schneider .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Chris DeCristo .... visual effects supervisor
John van Barneveld .... main title animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark 'Boylee' Boyle .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Vidal Cohen .... key grip
Curtis Failor .... set lighting technician
Ted Hayash .... gaffer
D. Stevens .... still photographer
Paul Viau .... lighting technician/best boy
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Amanda D. Mahoney .... casting assistant
Jill L. Uyeda .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Herman .... set costumer
Tashiba Jones .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Lynn Abroms .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Tommy Lockett .... music editor
Transportation Department
Glenn Midcap .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michelle Brattson .... assistant production coordinator
Andy Bray .... stand-in
Robert Buchta .... set production assistant
Gregg Edler .... production coordinator
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Marie Healy .... key assistant location manager
Jen Jones .... additional office production assistant
Wyking Jones .... basketball technical advisor
Jennifer K. Rosner .... executive assistant
Dan Tipton .... office production assistant
Tom Chung .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexual content and drug use
Brazil:88 min

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
After School Special with Four-Letter words, 7 June 2006
Author: sleepfuriouslyfilms from United States

Hmmm, after reading the others' comments on "Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie", I am wondering if they really watched the same movie. Characters are the same, events are the same, even the silly cardboard cut-outs in the "big game" scene are the same.

So why would these people take the time to write glowing reviews of a boringly predictable moral tale?

Answer 1: Novices. Perhaps these people have never witnessed a "moving picture" before and are very impressed simply by the illusion of movement across large white screens (or glowing dots of light if they're watching on a television). Perhaps they have never experienced any of the thousands of children stories that show a protagonist doing something ethically questionable and then regretting it in the end (ie, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "King Midas", "The Godfather", or any story involving getting wishes).

Answer 2: Friends of the movie. Perhaps these people either worked on the movie or are somehow associated with people with interests in the movie.

To keep with the movie's theme, I'm giving 3:2 odds on the latter.

Okay, the review (skipping a summary as you can read that elsewhere): From the opening scene, the protagonist, Benny (ably played by Numb3rs' star David Krumholtz), tells us this is the story of how he came to regret his current state. This swift reveal also destroys much of the opportunity this movie had to keep us engaged. Instead of letting us discover what happens, we already know how it's going to turn out. There's a fourth act and a bizarre epilogue as well, but I'll get to that later.

Benny's sidekicks are capably but predictably played as your basic NYC stereotypes. Benny's girlfriend is decently portrayed by "House" star Jennifer Morrison. The other bookies, bad-guys, and the basketball star (Tory Kittles) are again simple characters marking simple stereotypes. While better actors could have squeezed something out of the characters, there was clearly nothing in the script for them to work with.

One interesting note is the excessive use of body-mounted cameras. These shots are used to portray various intense moods of Benny, but are so used that they get very annoying. Instead of hitting the same note on the piano, let the DP use other tricks, please. Other than that, the look and style was decent for an ultra-low budget film.

But for a movie that indulges so much in the coarse pleasures of life (drugs, violence, strip-clubs, etc.), I am amazed at the lack of female eye-candy in this film. This is made especially more painful from the tease of the establishing sequence of why Benny chose to come to Arizona in the first place. Even the titty-bar shuns nudity (the girls are all wearing bikinis or silly-looking pasties). Sure, this was a made-for-TV movie, but it's already rated R. Truly sad is the decision to make an exploitation movie and not have any exploitation.

While the occasional breaking of the fourth wall (where the Benny talks directly into the camera during a scene a la "Malcolm in the Middle") is amusing, the near constant use of voice-over narration to explain, re-explain, and re-re-explain the plot is not only overkill, it's downright insulting. I paused the movie eight times to cool down before I finally finished it. Had I been in a theater I would have simply walked out.

And if the painfully clear moral of the film wasn't drop-dead obvious enough, after the out-of-no-where fourth act comes an epilogue. In this final bit, the real Benny Silverman talks directly to the audience (think "Blow"), re-re-re-repeating the moral, insisting for the audience to never do what he did (what? and never get a movie made about your life?).

It's like paying to hear a rich drug addict preach about not doing drugs. For me, the message is clear: I want my money back!

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