John Cassavetes, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 1976 (still); photo: courtesy Alamy


The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Part of Modern Cinema: Claire Denis

“Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara) is the tenuous but proud owner of a Sunset Strip-joint, the Crazy Horse West, and nightly he gazes upon the stage and ‘his girls’ like a dad at his sleeping kids; they are family. When a gambling debt threatens to pull the rug from this happy if sordid home, Vitelli agrees to pay it off with a snuff job on a bothersome Chinatown bookie — who turns out to be a kingpin.”

Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1976
Running time: 135 min
Format: 35mm
Director: John Cassavetes
Screenwriter: John Cassavetes
Producers: Alain Belmondo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gérard Crosnier
Cinematographer: Robert Alazraki
Editors: Monica Coleman, Claudine Merlin, Sylvie Quester
Source: Westchester Films

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