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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey, Meade Roberts, Al Ruban

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THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE is a film written and directed by John Cassavetes in 1976.

Cosmo Vitelli is the owner of the "Crazy Horse West" strip club in Las Vegas. One night, he loses $23,000 while playing poker at Mort Weil's place. Cosmo doesn't have the money to pay his debt to Mort and his associates who are mobsters. Mort strongly suggests Cosmoget even by performing a hit for the mob. All he has to do is to kill a Chinese bookmaker downtown. Left with no other choices, Cosmo kills the man who's in fact the head of the Chinese Triads of the west coast. Wounded by a bullet, Cosmo comes back to his club only to learn that the mob wants him dead now. However, Vitelli goes on presenting the show every night.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   Mafia conflict Blackmail & Seduction?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   Las Vegas Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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