The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie
DIRECTOR: JOHN CASSAVETES
CAST: BEN GAZZARA, TIMOTHY CAREY, SEYMOUR CASSEL
WRITTEN BY - JOHN CASSAVETES
Swamped with gambling debts, nightclub impresario Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara) gets conscripted as a hit man. This is California noir, but it’s not. Cosmo, lunching at The Source, oversees his nightclub business, banters with showgirls and motivates employees, croons “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” into a gas station phone booth, and gets boxed in by Timothy Carey and crew. Both a gangster film and a film using gangsters to portray the desperation and urgency of what one must do to survive.
Please note, after inspecting multiple prints to determine condition, the version to be screened is the 1978 cut, re-edited by John Cassavetes, which runs 108 minutes.