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8 Ball (2008)

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Like balls on a pool table, the lives of strangers collide and change course; 8 BALL is a philosophical suspense drama about order in the chaos of life, and the need for human connection. ... See full summary »

Director:

Inon Shampanier

Writer:

Inon Shampanier
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shawn Reaves ... Vincent
Howard S. Miller ... Leon
Joe Kaprielian ... Ben
Sadie Alexandru ... Michelle
Shani Glance Shani Glance ... Natalie
Johnny Sanchez ... Angelo
Robert Sutton ... Morty
Judy Marcelline Judy Marcelline ... Rita
Marilyn Brett ... Nurse
Michael Goetz ... Pool player
Brian Majestic ... Paramedic (as Brian Seuffert)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Grace ... Police Detective
Kraig A. Smith Kraig A. Smith ... Staring alley bum
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Like balls on a pool table, the lives of strangers collide and change course; 8 BALL is a philosophical suspense drama about order in the chaos of life, and the need for human connection. The film follows the intertwining stories of 3 lonely characters: an orphan child searching for his mother, an ex-con attempting to reunite with his daughter, and a pool hustler forced into a life of crime. Written by DVD cover

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In this game everyone gets hit.

Genres:

Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eight Ball See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

You're not Like Me
Music by Sean Schafer Hennessy
Lyrics by Frannie Rose
Performed by Sean Schafer Hennessy
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Excellent writing & directing.
28 June 2008 | by dr_shampanierSee all my reviews

The writer/director succeeded to bring 3 human stories tangled with mishaps and turn them into one optimistic end in a short movie. The script is well balanced, clear & sharp. The characters are well defined and with very careful directing, got the actors to express with a huge sensitivity, the right lines, and display the ambivalence of their reality: The tough ex-con with the delicate parental feelings, the young hustler with the limits of decency and fairness, and in between, the small kid with toughness and need for family. The allegory of the billiard table as a small universe with set rules, made to be broken, is well defined in the collision that unexpectedly breaks the rule and sets a new situation, and brings the plot to an unexpected end.


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