Criterion Collection: Killing Of A Chinese Bookie

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The Pioneer Special Edition DVD of John Cassavetes' 1976 film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is light on extra features, but does include an illuminating essay from Boston University film professor Ray Carney on the significance and uniqueness of Cassavetes' films and characters. Save for the scene selections, no other bonuses are included with this DVD, not even the standard trailer or subtitles. (In a way, this method of product packaging is as un-Hollywood as Cassavetes himself.) Lack of extras aside, the ...
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The Pioneer Special Edition DVD of John Cassavetes' 1976 film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is light on extra features, but does include an illuminating essay from Boston University film professor Ray Carney on the significance and uniqueness of Cassavetes' films and characters. Save for the scene selections, no other bonuses are included with this DVD, not even the standard trailer or subtitles. (In a way, this method of product packaging is as un-Hollywood as Cassavetes himself.) Lack of extras aside, the film at least looks great. The colors are bright, the sound is vivid, and it's a pleasure to watch a left-of-field film such as this one in such a clear manner. It should be noted that the version presented here is not the 135-minute theatrical release, but the 109-minute director's cut Cassavetes made in 1978.
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John Cassavetes's elliptical mid-1970s picture walks a fine line between self-indulgent and inventive. Fascinating in its originality, the film is somewhat undercut by an unsteady blend of naturalism and artifice. Originally developed with Martin Scorsese, the movie is ostensibly a gangster film, but the genre is bent into a demented character study. Cassavetes regular Ben Gazzara delivers an absorbing performance as the man forced into a moral quandary and barely aware of it. The movie was originally released in 1976 at 135 minutes, but it was re-edited in 1978 to 109 minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1999
  • UPC: 013023017993
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara Cosmo Vitelli
Timothy Carey Flo
Azizi Johari Rachel
Meade Roberts Mr. Sophistication
Seymour Cassel Mort Weil
Alice Friedland Sherry
Donna Gordon Margo
Robert Phillips Phil
Morgan Woodward John the Boss
Virginia Carrington Betty the Mother
John Kullers Eddie "Red" (Gangster)
Al Ruban Marty Reitz
Soto Joe Hugh Chinese Bookie
Jack Ackerman Musical director
Val Avery Blair Benoit
Vincent Barbi Vince
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Gene Darcy Commodore
Elizabeth Deering Lavinia
John Finnegan Cabbie
Haji Haji
Jason Kincaid Parking Lot Attendant
Benny Marino Sonny Venice
David Rowlands Lamarr
Hugo Soto The Chinese Bookie
Frank Thomas
Kathalina Veniero Annie
Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director, Screenwriter
Tom Cornwell Editor
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Mike Ferris Cinematographer
Anthony Harris Score Composer
Bo Harwood Score Composer, Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Hurne Costumes/Costume Designer
Phedon Papamichael Art Director
Al Ruban Cinematographer, Producer
Bryan Ryman Production Designer
Sam Shaw Production Designer
Michael Stringer Cinematographer
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Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
1. Strippers And Sharks [8:03]
2. Living Large [4:59]
3. The Worst Sin In The World [9:50]
4. Audition [7:35]
5. Paris [4:09]
6. Grimo Negotiations [7:35]
7. Chinatown [3:12]
8. Unfriendly Persuasion [5:49]
9. Breakdown [6:18]
10. The Killing Of A Ch9inese Bookie [2:20]
11. Escape [4:40]
12. Good News And Bad News [3:39]
13. Imagination [3:32]
14. Doublecross [4:48]
15. Parting Ways [10:04]
16. The Show Must Go On [6:35]
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