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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

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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
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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>

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Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Being hooked on the game could cost you your life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$301,856, 2 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$562,059, 23 March 2003
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "quiet as a church" line at the beginning of the movie was a slightly altered line taken from the movie "The Hustler", a film starring Paul Newman about a pool hustler. See more »

Goofs

The aforementioned upside down guitar is also seen with a plastic film over the pick-guard. This plastic film is found on new guitars and usually removed before its first played. See more »

Quotes

Mike: This one's for all the marbles, boys.
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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

Referenced in Littleman (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Use Me
Written and Performed by Bill Withers
Published by Interior Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Neat pool flick
16 July 2003 | by wanabrSee all my reviews

Not going to tell you about the movie, there are enough people on here that have. I just wanted to say that I also agree with the people that did not understand the negative comments. I watch a ton of movies so I have a lot to compare this one to. Its not academy award material by any means. But I thought the acting was very good and I enjoyed the storyline. The movie kept my attention throughout. I thought it was one of the better movies that I have seen. I would recommend this movie. All I can say is, you know what they say about opinions...lol.


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