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Chalk (1996)

A unique film about pool.. Hustler vs newbie and interesting visuals. Very "90's"


Rob Nilsson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwin Johnson Edwin Johnson ... Watson
Kelvin Han Yee ... TC
Johnnie Reese Johnnie Reese ... Jones
Don Bajema Don Bajema ... Dorian James
Denise Concetta Cavaliere Denise Concetta Cavaliere ... Lois
John Tidwell John Tidwell ... Johnny
Destiny Costa Destiny Costa ... Wanda
Sharon Jamison Sharon Jamison ... Cherise
Chris MacDonald Chris MacDonald ... Walt
Will Winkler Will Winkler ... Clark
Richard Magnum Richard Magnum ... Ernest
Mitchell Nyberg Mitchell Nyberg ... Wally
Tim Alexander Tim Alexander ... Monty
Harvey Mandel Harvey Mandel ... Surfer
Danny Erskine Danny Erskine ... Mark (as Daniel Erskine Nartay)


A unique film about pool.. Hustler vs newbie and interesting visuals. Very "90's"

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25 August 2000 (USA) See more »


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$400,000 (estimated)
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Pool is life and a pool-hall the world in this rugged slice of life directed by S.F.'s Rob Nilsson
22 June 2000 | by mosoulSee all my reviews

Kelvin Han Yee is the hero and Don Bajema the anti-hero in this complex story of a contentious pool game on which everything rides. Paul Newman's 1963 film The Hustler serves as an interesting contrast to this shadowy neon-lit series of vignettes exposing the lives of a group of Bay Area players living close to the street. The relentless high pressure of the big upcoming game alternates with the sadness felt by the people surrounding these two players.

Amateur actors from the Tenderloin Action Group make up the supporting cast and create the unscripted feel of this EthanSingh - Rand Crook production. The downbeat mood and long length means it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for fans of cinema verité it has the strong spark of real life played out in real time. Some of the seedy locales are aptly raw and a short night-time visit to the beach is a strangely pleasing interlude that serves to break the dramatic tension.

Don Bajema is very effective as the obsessively anal-retentive champion with a title to lose.

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