The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

1976, Crime/Drama, 2h 15m

28 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Ben Gazzarra gives a grand performance as a hard-pressed debtor with delusions of grandeur in this naturalistic and tense thriller. Read critic reviews

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Cosmo Vittelli (Ben Gazzara), the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When Cosmo loses big-time at an underground casino run by mobster Mort (Seymour Cassel), he isn't able to pay up. Mort then offers Cosmo the chance to pay back his debt by knocking off a pesky, Mafia-protected bookie.

Cast & Crew

Ben Gazzara
Cosmo Vitelli
Timothy Carey
Flo (Gangster)
Seymour Cassel
Mort Weil (Gangster)
Meade Roberts
Mr. Sophistication
Donna Gordon
Margo Donnar
Morgan Woodward
John (Head gangster)
Phil Burton
Associate Producer
Al Ruban
Producer
Bo Harwood
Original Music
Mitch Breit
Cinematographer
Al Ruban
Cinematographer
Tom Cornwell
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