The Killing of a Chinese Bookie DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by John Cassavetes
Produced in 1976
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
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.
Length: 108 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen
Format: DVD+Blu-ray B&W
Released: 15th July 2013
Cat No: BFIB1177
- 2 discs
- Interviews: Tamar Hoffs ('The Haircut' Director)
- Commentaries: Al Ruban (Producer), Peter Bogdanovich (Film-maker)
- Documentaries: 'Anything for John'
- Includes the 135 minute original cut and the 108 minute re-edit, Short film 'The Haircut' (1981).