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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie


Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips View All


John Cassavetes (Director), John Cassavetes (Writer) View All

Release: Feb. 15th, 1976
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cosmo Vittelli, the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When Cosmo loses big-time at an underground casino run by mobster Mort, he isn't able to pay up. Mort then offers Cosmo the chance to pay back his debt by knocking off a pesky...
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Gazzara's performance as Cosmo is good--a strong portrayal of someone who makes poor decisions, but who clearly wants to live a decent life.