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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie DVD+Blu-ray

John Cassavetes, 1976


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Film Details

Directed by John Cassavetes

Produced in 1976

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Film Description

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is Cassavetes' hard-boiled portrayal of a man on the edge of desperation. A thriller that ebbs and flows, it is an unsettling addition to mid-70s cinema.

In an absorbing performance, a lizard-like Ben Gazzara plays small-time Sunset Strip entrepreneur Cosmo Vitelli, owner of a failing, sleazy LA strip joint. An obsessive showman, Cosmo navigates a murky world of loan sharks and crooks to keep his club afloat, but, when a gambling debt spirals out of control, he is blackmailed into accepting a murderous commission.

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DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 108 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen

Format: DVD+Blu-ray B&W

Region: 2

Released: 15th July 2013

Cat No: BFIB1177

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Interviews: Tamar Hoffs ('The Haircut' Director)
  • Commentaries: Al Ruban (Producer), Peter Bogdanovich (Film-maker)
  • Documentaries: 'Anything for John'
  • Booklet
  • Includes the 135 minute original cut and the 108 minute re-edit, Short film 'The Haircut' (1981).

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