John Cassavetes takes a contemporary film noir turn (which he would return to in Gloria) after exploring domestic melodrama in A Woman Under the Influence with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, the owner of a sleazy Los Angeles strip joint, who loses $20,000 at a mob gambling club owned by a small time gangster (Seymour Cassel). Since Cosmo doesn't have the $20,000, he is forced to murder a Chinese bookie in order to clear his debt to the mob. What Cosmo doesn't know is he's part of a set-up. The bookie is actually a West Coast mob boss protected around the clock by bodyguards. The mobsters figure that Cosmo will be killed in an impossible hit and they can take over his nightclub. But Cosmo proves luckier than the mobsters think -- he manages to kill his target, and now the mobsters have to track down Cosmo and kill him. Initially, at 133 minutes, the movie was subsequently re-edited by Cassavetes to 109 minutes. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide.
Disc 1: Restored high-definition digital transfer of John Cassavetes' original 135-minute edit of the film, Disc 2: Restored high-definition digital transfer of Cassavetes' 108-minute edit for the 1978 theatrical re-release, Video interviews with star Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban, Audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted after the films release, Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos, Plus: A booklet featuring as essay by Phillip Lopate.
|Studio Name:||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|DVD Release Date:||10/14/2008|
|Run Time (in minutes):||243 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Mono|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.28|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.5 x 5.5 x 7.44|
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