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The Big Town (1987)

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ben Bolt, Harold Becker (uncredited)

Writers:

Clark Howard (novel), Robert Roy Pool (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... J.C. Cullen
Diane Lane ... Lorry Dane
Tommy Lee Jones ... George Cole
Bruce Dern ... Mr. Edwards
Lee Grant ... Ferguson Edwards
Tom Skerritt ... Phil Carpenter
Suzy Amis ... Aggie Donaldson
David Marshall Grant ... Sonny Binkley
Don Francks ... Carl Hooker
Del Close ... Deacon Daniels
Meg Hogarth ... Dorothy Cullen
Cherry Jones ... Ginger McDonald
Alvaro D'Antonio Alvaro D'Antonio ... Prager (as Mark Danton)
David James Elliott ... Cool Guy (as David Elliott)
Steve Yorke Steve Yorke ... Garage Boy
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Storyline

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank at a private craps game at the Gem Club, owned by George Cole, and falls in love with two women, one of them Cole's wife. Infuriated, Cole wagers everything on the craps table, including the Gem Club itself, and he and Cullen have it out. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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Lady luck is always on his side. Tonight, she's on fire. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Arm See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,733,017
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was director Ben Bolt's first Hollywood feature, and it was greenlit by newly appointed Columbia chief David Puttnam. Puttnam had worked with Bolt's father, the legendary Oscar winning screenwriter Sir Robert Bolt, on several unmade features. Bolt had been brought in to replace Harold Becker after he had fallen a week behind schedule very early on, and spent an inordinate amount of money on a street set. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1957, when J.C. and Aggie get off the street car, there is an '80s model Cadillac in the street behind them, followed by another late-model car. See more »

Quotes

George Cole: Cullen, you're gonna pay for this!
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Extremely Underated Production
1 April 1999 | by Hollywood-3See all my reviews

The Big Town is an underrated movie. It boasts of a fantastic cast, and an interesting storyline, yet there are few who remember this movie. I suppose the screenplay and direction could have been better, yet this movie deserves more appreciation than it actually got. Matt Dillon puts in a good performance as the young shooter from a small town, trying to make it big with the 'throw of the dice'. But the man who steals the show is Tommy Lee Jones with an excellent performance as the old timer( a shooter himself) who doesn't think too kindly of the 'new kid on the block(Dillon). Diane Lane, better known for Murder at 1600, plays his wife, and Tom Skeritt and Suzy Amis are good in supporting roles. Amis, in particular, makes excellent use of her limited screen time. This movie is definitely recommended. Truly outstanding work by the entire cast.


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