The Deli (1997)




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With its plenitude of shady figures, eccentrics and crooks, this tale of a deeply-indebted, gambling-addicted delicatessen owner evokes the stories of Damon Runyon. Almost all of Johnny's patrons know about his problem, but they let it slide. Even the bill collectors, impressed by the fast-talking deli man's charm, are willing to forgive him. However, there is one person he cannot sway and that is his domineering mother, a woman more terrifying to him than any bookmaker's thugs. He knows the jig is up with her when the daily lottery winner is announced and the number is the one his mother had been giving him money to play every week for the past few years. But unbeknownst to her, selfish Johnny has used her weekly ten spot to make his own bets. Afraid of telling her, Johnny makes one last desperate high-stakes wager to cover his debt to his mom.


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This movie tells us to beware of rappers in cinema. Thanks for the warning, Ice-T.

Aug 1, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

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