Poolhall Junkies

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The final game has a pay-off that's bigger than money, bigger than life, bigger than either player can imagine. Because somewhere on the edge of the 8-ball waits a man's soul.


Studio HBO
SKU 40225682
UPC 026359215827
UPC 14 00026359215827
Format DVD
Release Date 5/26/2009
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Quoting from a score of tough-guy classics like THE HUSTLER, MEAN STREETS, and ON THE WATERFRONT, Mars Callahan writes, directs, and stars in this saga of pool and redemption. Johnny (Callahan) is a natural ace player held back from the pro circuit by his greedy mentor Joe (Chazz Palminteri), who wants to keep him hustling in smoky pool halls. At the encouragement of his law student girlfriend (Alison Eastwood), Johnny tries to go straight. Of course he has a kid brother (Michael Rosenbaum) who idealizes him in all the wrong ways; when he winds up in big trouble, only Johnny can bail him out by going back to the life he left behind. Christopher Walken shows up and steals the show as a strange lawyer who bankrolls Johnny against Joe in the big game climax. Rick Schroder plays the pro Johnny must beat to save the day; Rod Steiger is the hall's grizzled proprietor.^POOLHALL JUNKIES is a lot of fun. Callahan's infectious love of the game shines through in every spectacular shot and Walken is at his bizzaro best. Fans of the films Callahan emulates should appreciate his heartfelt homage to cinematic coolness.
New York Times "...A tribute to the gritty character actor mojo represented not only by Mr. Walken but also by Chazz Palminteri and Rod Steiger in one of his last film roles..." 02/08/2003 p.E17
Box Office "...As a patchwork of some very fine scenes with some terrific acting by some of Hollywood's talented veterans, the movie succeeds..." 04/01/2003 p.99
Chicago Sun-Times "...POOLHALL JUNKIES has big moments of inspiration....It has movie-fan moments..." 02/28/2003 p.27
Mars Callahan
Christopher Walken
Rick Schroder
Chazz Palminteri
Cast & Crew
Alison Eastwood - Actor
Chazz Palminteri - Actor
Rod Steiger - Actor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Michael Rosenbaum - Actor
Rick Schroder - Actor
Robert Morris - Cinematographer
Gregory Martin - Director
James E. Tooley - Editor
Karen Beninati, et al. - Producer
Gregory Martin - Screenplay
Chris Corso - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 92158
UPC 00026359215827
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Is this a great movie? Not at all. Is it more or less consistently entertaining? Yes. Do Walken and Palminteri do things casually that most actors could not do at all? Yes. Did I feel afterward as if I had been dragged through the blood and grime of the mean streets? No, but I felt like I had a good time at the movies.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review The strength of the film is, unsurprisingly, Christopher Walken, whose gift for transcending weak material has developed into something of an art form. As an enigmatic rich guy with money to burn who takes a liking to Johnny, Walken doesn't absolve Poolhall Junkies of its sins, but he does go a long way toward making the time pass. As he rolls words around in his mouth, changing the beat between lines and playing with the pitch as effortlessly as Yma Sumac, you're again reminded that it's a rare performer who can bewitch us by making us completely forget what he's saying.
Reviewer Manohla Dargis
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Director's Cut, English, French
Product Attributes
Actor Palminteri,Chazz
Label HBO Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ain't It Cool News One of those movies that's so cool you want to quit your job and become a con man, grifter and hustler all at once.
Louis B. Hobson, JAM! Movies The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick.

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