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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.

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

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

July 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

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

One wishes it were more outrageous and less knowing.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

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

March 11, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

July 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Saint Jack

Gazarra is amazing; Muller as DP; a story about capitalism; friendships are business here, maybe real in passing; Jack stays true to himself

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