in about 100 words or less
US 108m, Colour
Director: John Cassavetes; Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Agoglia Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward, John Red Kullers
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is the story of Cosmo Vittelli, a small time crook and strip club owner who coerced by the mob to repay his gambling debt by killing a local “bookie”. The mob, however, has ulterior motives, and plans to take over Cosmo’s club when he fails to complete his hit. The naturalistic performances, and the rough and unpolished look and feel of this film are signatures of Cassavetes’ distinctive film-making style which are put to great use in this memorable production (Klaus Ming December 2015).