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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:

Some people get all the breaks. Others just get broken. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

When Johnny first meets "Uncle Mike", they discuss the chalk on Mike's pants. Johnny mentions that blue chalk is only ever found on a pool table. In actuality, the same color blue chalk is commonly used for snapping lines in construction, something that Johnny had just attempted as a profession. See more »

Quotes

Max: [in the diner] Man that chick has got body karate.
Tang: Hay do you think her tits are real? I hate chicks with fake tits.
Max: Are you kidding me? Fake tits are the greatest invention of the 20th century. Plus they're safe.
Chris: Whoa, whoa, whoa, safer?
Max: Yeah. But do you know that 78% of all chicks that have fake tits involved in boating accidents do not drown.
Chris: Where do you get this shit?
Max: It's common knowledge
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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

References Trees Lounge (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Redneck Gigolo
Written by Charlie Terrell (as Charles A. Terrell)
Performed by Terrel
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Published by Go Dog Go Music
Used with Permission
All Rights Reserved
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User Reviews

 
Well worth the wait
3 March 2003 | by chasingbankySee all my reviews

I've personally been waiting to see Poolhall Junkies since I saw Alison Eastwood on the Craig Kilborn show plugging it. I originally wanted to see it because two of my favorite actors were in it(Chazz Palmenteri, and the Great Christopher Walken). Though after the first twenty minutes of the movie I knew those two would be over shadowed by writer/director/actor Mars Callahan.

Callahan stole the show with his natural charisma and attitude. He's got great screen presence and watching him actually kind of reminded me of Christopher Walken except a bit younger and a lot less intense. This movie had a great plot nothing overly original but with the tight script it came off without a hitch. Poolhall Junkies is definetly a must see. Now that the wait is over I can see that it was well worth it.

10 out of 10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$563,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$563,711
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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