The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.


  • Ben Gazzara
  • Timothy Agoglia Carey
  • Seymour Cassel
  • Azizi Johari
  • Meade Roberts
  • Alice Friedland
  • Donna Gordon
  • Morgan Woodward

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Peter Bogdanovich used Gazzara in a similar part in Saint Jack (1979), but as good as that film is, it doesn't catch the exquisite warmth and delicacy of feeling of Cassavetes's doom-ridden comedy-drama.

Metacritic review by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

With a heavily improvised script Cassavetes gets the most from his actors, each giving emotive performances.

Metacritic review by William Thomas
William Thomas

Gazzara is riveting as man who exudes cool and calm—style—while also stinking of panic.

Josh Larsen