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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 123movies

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 123movies

Feb. 15, 1976135 Min.
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Watch: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 123movies, Full Movie Online – Cosmo Vitelli owns the Crazy Horse West, a strip joint in Los Angeles. He’s laconic, vet, and a gambler. When we meet him, he’s making his last payment on a gambling debt, after which, he promptly loses $23,000 playing poker. The guys he owes this time aren’t so friendly, pressuring him for immediate payment. When he’s not able to do so, they suggest he kill a Chinese bookie to wipe away his debt. Vitelli and the film move back and forth between the double-crossing, murderous insincerity of the gamblers and the friendships, sweetness, and even love among Vitelli, the dancers, a dancer’s mother, and the club’s singer, Mr. Sophistication..
Plot: 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, Mafia-protected bookie.
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Murky Realism
THE KILLING OF A Chinese BOOKIE is John Cassavetes fascinating look into the world of Cosmo Vitelli, owner of the Crazy Horse West, a California strip club. Cosmo, played by Ben Gazzara, owes a fortune in gambling debts, and agrees to commit a murder to payoff the loan. It’s a set-up from the get go because the mob never believed he could pull it off, and was hoping that he would be killed, and then they would inherit his club. Cassavetes creates an homage to The French New Wave by employing surreal settings and improvisational dialog to create a Dadaist framework for the tale. Many scenes begin in near blackness, and abruptly, LA sunlight streams into the murky darkness while actors lines ricochet and overlap. The entertainment at the club is not the standard “Bump and Grind”, but a strange ‘Theater of The Absurd’ where Cosmo orchestrates the action, or “he’ll throw you out on your ass”. Where Martin Scorsese used high energy rock’n’roll to highlight this same gangster demimonde, Cassavetes employs a more idiosyncratic soundtrack to heighten the psychological dimensions of the piece. Ben Gazzara provides an unforgettable portrait of a man grappling with a life that is beyond his ability to control. Also, Seymour Cassel puts in a wonderful performance as a mobbed up club owner. All of Cassavetes’s films are noteworthy, and THE KILLING OF A Chinese BOOKIE is one of his finest.
Review By: valis1949
Weird but Compelling
Like other (usually US) films The Murder… is disturbing and mesmerizing. The dirty quality of images (in some moments bewilderingly amateurish, ins others incredibly sophisticated), the acting, the disjointed plot, the weirdness of some scenes (like the one in the car parking), Gazzara’s sublime acting, the wonderful choice of places and times… it all gives you an impression of the States like they really are, not the sanitized image you find in so many Holy-Wood flicks (not all of them, I admit, but about 85%…). Such a movie is like The Searchers or Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, unfathomable and greater than life, but in some way disturbingly like life. And the character of Cosmo Vitelli is one of those enigmatic figures that leaves you wondering whether you have been shown the story of an idiot or the story of a saint. Unforgettable.
Review By: latinese

Other Information:

Original Title The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Release Date 1976-02-15
Release Year 1976

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 15 min (135 min), 1 hr 49 min (109 min) (1978 Re-Release)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director John Cassavetes
Writer John Cassavetes
Actors Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel
Country United States
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory MGM Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,980 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm, DCP Digital Cinema Package (restored version)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 123movies
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 123movies
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 123movies
Original title The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
TMDb Rating 7.138 195 votes

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