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Saint Jack (1979)

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In the crime melodrama, Saint Jack by director Peter Bogdanovich, Ben Gazzara plays an American pimp, operating in Singapore. Seeking independence from the local mob, Gazzara is browbeaten--and sometimes just beaten--by the criminal powers-that-be. Resignedly, Gazzara goes to work for a fellow American mobster (played by director Bogdanovich, who is appropriately slimy) and ordered to photograph a crime-fighting senator (George Lazenby) in a compromising position. Gazzara finally develops a conscience, a shade too late. Filmed on location, Saint Jack was produced by the director's former mentor Roger Corman.

Cast

Ben Gazzara
as Jack Flowers
Denholm Elliott
as William Leigh
Joss Ackland
as Yardley
Lisa Lu
as Mrs. Yates
Peter Bogdanovich
as Eddie Schuman
Tan Yan Meng
as Little Hing
Ken Wolinski
as Australian Businessman
S.M. Sim
as Mr. Tan
Peter Pang
as Triad Gang
Ronald Ng
as Triad Gang
Seow Teow Keng
as Triad Gang
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Critic Reviews for Saint Jack

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

If Saint Jack is not another complete embarrassment for Bogdanovich, it nonetheless reveals his deficiencies as a film maker.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Well crafted, finely acted, and conjures up a positively intriguing milieu.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Hard to imagine how anyone could make less of such a promising subject.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One wishes it were more outrageous and less knowing.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's too hollow and sentimental to rise to any great critical heights.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The story is told in too meandering a style and the many well-acted characterizations never mesh together.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Saint Jack

½

Director Peter Bogdonovich didn?t have much of a budget to work with and does an excellent job creating a believable and gritty atmosphere. Very well acted, especially by Ben Gazzara, one of the best roles of his career. His performance is thoughtful and subtle. Very well done, interesting story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

68/100. Director Peter Bogdonovich didn't have much of a budget to work with and does an excellent job creating a believable and gritty atmosphere. Very well acted, especially by Ben Gazzara, one of the best roles of his career. His performance is thoughtful and subtle. Very well done, interesting story.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

loved the filming of Singapore in the 70s and could not stop chuckling during the scene with two prostitutes naked and taking suggestive poses. Can only imagine the reaction of the Singapore censors when they were presented with the movie in 1979. A seedy depiction of a Singapore that has been too successfully eradicated. Where are all those ultra long penises toys gone??

Maryelle Demongeot
Maryelle Demongeot

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