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The Big Town (1987)

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ben Bolt, Harold Becker (uncredited)

Writers:

Clark Howard (novel), Robert Roy Pool (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... J.C. Cullen
Diane Lane ... Lorry Dane
Tommy Lee Jones ... George Cole
Bruce Dern ... Mr. Edwards
Lee Grant ... Ferguson Edwards
Tom Skerritt ... Phil Carpenter
Suzy Amis ... Aggie Donaldson
David Marshall Grant ... Sonny Binkley
Don Francks ... Carl Hooker
Del Close ... Deacon Daniels
Meg Hogarth ... Dorothy Cullen
Cherry Jones ... Ginger McDonald
Alvaro D'Antonio Alvaro D'Antonio ... Prager (as Mark Danton)
David James Elliott ... Cool Guy (as David Elliott)
Steve Yorke Steve Yorke ... Garage Boy
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Storyline

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank at a private craps game at the Gem Club, owned by George Cole, and falls in love with two women, one of them Cole's wife. Infuriated, Cole wagers everything on the craps table, including the Gem Club itself, and he and Cullen have it out. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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When things get hot, people get burned . . . bet on it! (Video Australia) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,733,017
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This would be Ben Bolt's only Hollywood feature. See more »

Goofs

The sound of dice rolling after Cole announces their total. See more »

Quotes

George Cole: Cullen, you're gonna pay for this!
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert & the Movies: Tommy Lee Jones (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

HOME OF THE BLUES
Written by Johnny Cash, Glen Douglas and Lillie McAlpin
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Sun Records Int.
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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Neo-B
2 June 2007 | by RNQSee all my reviews

How do you rate a movie like this, which will never be great, but realizes tolerably, pretty well, a genre shuffle? The genre we might call neo-noir, but perhaps neo-B is better. There is the various filler--jazz, night alley with gleaming wet pavement, lots of bars, a fight club, street jammed with clubs, a elevated train that sparks when the guy and the girl kiss. And neo-filler--more than one woman doing a striptease with feathers and pasties and a bit of French stuff in bed. 1987 pretending to be the 1950s--mom with a little hat coming from church, shiny suits, homely red car. Someplace pretending to be "Chicago," da Big Town. A dice game a smart guy can pretty much always win, even when it's played in many scenes.

And Matt Dillon who's really into it, skinny guy always focused, doing a fine job. A "kid" who can be older, Tintin in a strip club. But it ain't "Drugstore Cowboy."


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