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Book of Numbers (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama | 11 April 1973 (USA)
Two waiters in Depression-era Arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.


Robert Deane Pharr (novel), Larry Spiegel




Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond St. Jacques ... Blueboy Harris
Philip Michael Thomas ... Dave Green (as Philip M. Thomas)
Freda Payne ... Kelly Simms
Hope Clarke Hope Clarke ... Pigmeat Goins
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Luis Antoine
Frank DeSal Frank DeSal ... Carlos (as Frank De Sal)
C.L. Williams C.L. Williams ... Blip Blip
Sterling St. Jacques Sterling St. Jacques ... Kid Flick
D'Urville Martin ... Billy Bowlegs
Jerry Leon Jerry Leon ... Joe Gaines (as Jerome A. Leon)
Doug Finell Doug Finell ... Eggy
Willie Washington Jr. Willie Washington Jr. ... Makepeace Johnson
Temie Mae Williams Temie Mae Williams ... Sister Clara Goode
Pauline Fernton Pauline Fernton ... Sister #2
Ethel Marie Crawford Ethel Marie Crawford ... Sister #3


Two waiters in Depression-era Arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.

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Blue Boy's got the man's number..and takes it...at 600 to 1 See more »


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Young PMT in a classic blaxploitation film
7 October 2002 | by crawfordSee all my reviews

Philip Michael Thomas has probably only been seen by most audiences in the MIAMI VICE television series, the quintessential action TV show of the 80's. But prior to MIAMI VICE PMT was seen in quite a number of blaxploitation films in the 1970's. BOOK OF NUMBERS is nearly impossible to find but it's one of the best blaxploitation films from the 70's that I've seen and it's one of PMT's best early roles. The film is no holds barred in its depiction of African-American life in the 30's in the South and the language and violence is fairly intense. It's got great atmosphere, an interesting plot and lots of attitude (but when you're fighting the KKK anything goes!) If you enjoy these kinds of films I'd definitely recommend this one, and especially if you enjoy PMT's acting in MIAMI VICE, you'll love him in this.

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Release Date:

11 April 1973 (USA) See more »

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Blueboy & Companhia Lda. See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Brut Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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