6.9/10
9,336
115 user 41 critic

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness.

Director:

Mars Callahan

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Suicide Kings (1997)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

Director: Peter O'Fallon
Stars: Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Sean Patrick Flanery
Stickmen (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three young men unwittingly become involved in an underground pool tournament.

Director: Hamish Rothwell
Stars: Robbie Magasiva, Paolo Rotondo, Scott Wills
Drama

"Four Kings" is half hour scripted show about four best friends who live in the penthouse of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Three of them are world class poker players and the fourth is a ... See full summary »

Director: Mars Callahan
Stars: Nick Mao, Kevin Pollak, Robert Iler
What Love Is (2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When Tom comes home on Valentine's Day to a "Dear John" Letter from his girlfriend, he spends the rest of the night talking to his four best friends about woman, sex & love until five women show up and the battle of the sexes begins.

Director: Mars Callahan
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard, Sean Astin
Zigs (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Four young compulsive gamblers come up with a radical plan to get out of debt with a fixed game.

Director: Mars Callahan
Stars: Jason Priestley, Peter Dobson, Kane Picoy
Safe House (1998)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A psychological thriller. Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the on-set of Alzheimer's ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steven Stahl
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Hector Elizondo
Comedy

The Z-Rows, four friends who are bullied by their graduating high school class find revenge against the now freshman college students while on Spring Break during 1983.

Directors: Mars Callahan, Scott Spiegel
Stars: Morgan Fairchild, Alan Ritchson, Joe Pantoliano
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg
Rave Macbeth (2001)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

This movie is a loose adaptation of the Shakespeare play "MacBeth", except it's set in the world of the dance rave culture.

Director: Klaus Knoesel
Stars: Michael Rosenbaum, Nicki Aycox, Kirk Baltz
Waiting... I (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

Director: Rob McKittrick
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, John Francis Daley
Beerfest (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme
Rounders (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chazz Palminteri ... Joe
Ricky Schroder ... Brad (as Rick Schroder)
Rod Steiger ... Nick
Michael Rosenbaum ... Danny
Mars Callahan ... Johnny
Alison Eastwood ... Tara
Phillip Glasser ... Max
Anson Mount ... Chris
Glenn Plummer ... Chico
Richard Portnow ... Toupee Jay
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Tang
Peter Mark Richman ... Phillip
Christopher Walken ... Mike
Mike Massey Mike Massey ... Louis
Orien Richman ... Brett
Edit

Storyline

Obsessed by the world of pool, Johnny (Mars Callahan) could be one of the best. But his mentor and "trainer" Joe (Chazz Palminteri), a shady hustler who decides how and who Johnny plays, is holding him back from his dream. When the day finally comes, Johnny breaks from Joe, which leads to only one thing -- violence. Joe is beaten up by some of Johnny's buddies as a sign to leave him alone, and with this final act of freedom, Johnny leaves the world of pool-sharking. After an ultimatum from his girlfriend Tara ('Alison Eastwood'), Johnny finally commits to a "real" job in the construction business, but is soon miserable there. He finds himself spending most of his time with his younger brother Danny (Michael Rosenbaum) who it seems is following in his footsteps on the road to a life Johnny left when he broke from Joe. As for Joe, he is bent on revenge for the beating he took, and soon he has a new protégé Brad (Rick Schroder) who is just as good if not better then Johnny. And he's got ... Written by Ryan Mcintosh <ryanmcintosh02@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

money | hustler | jail | beating | revenge | See All (127) »

Taglines:

It's your shot. Take it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Biliárd életre-halálra See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$301,856, 2 March 2003

Gross USA:

$563,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$563,711
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Walken made the difficult trick shot to win the match against Tara's (Eastwood) boss on the first take. He was supposed to make a "trial run" for the scene, but he asked that the cameras go ahead and roll, in case he happened to make it on his first try, and he did. See more »

Goofs

The people standing behind Johnny when he bets Chico $20,000, change twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Max: Never go swimming. You'll drown.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a brief scene is played where Danny and Max bet Chris and Tang that Scarlet's breasts are fake. See more »

Connections

References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Poolhall Junkies Theme
Written & Performed by Jeff Gross
© 2001 (ASCAP)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This movie is an awesome 'Pool' film
14 April 2005 | by michaelsuppoSee all my reviews

Poolhall Junkies exhibits a breathtaking spectacle of pool brilliance. It leaves nothing out - Jump shots, masse shots and superbly illustrated draw and bank shots.

First and foremost, it is a sports film, though fundamentally incorporates certain genres like romance and action so as to not alienate the movie going audience. However, unlike the hustler - which many perceived was a love story with a Pool backdrop, and the Color of Money - which put more emphasis on money and gambling than on the sport of pool itself, Poolhall Junkies displays Pool in all its unadulterated beauty.

It failed to be a smash hit, I dare say, as there were no huge names in the film unlike the above mentioned two which had Tom Cruise and Paul Newman. Nevertheless the casting is excellent. Mars Callahan does a great job playing Johnny - the talented and cocky hustler with an inherent deep regret of not being a pro, and Rick Shroder plays the great steely eyed and fierce opponent, with, lamentably, a not so terrifying name, Brad. Furthermore Christopher Walken adds tremendous spice to the film as Johnny's stakehorse, with an exultant presence, inspirational philosophies and a few wickedly innovative pool shots to boot.

Some bits seem derivative from the Hustler and/or the Color of Money, especially the clichéd hustle dialogue, but they work well, it's part of what makes a hustling film, and adds to its comedic value! I would rate this 8 out of 10, overall, but if a definitive Pool film is what you want, look no further than this.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 115 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed