Trailer
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Runtime
2hrs 15mins
Directed by
John Cassavetes
Featuring
Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel
Body

John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity.

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