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Format: DVD
Sku: 40225682
UPC: 026359215827
UPC 14: 00026359215827
Category Keywords: Crime  Gambling  Gangsters  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Being hooked on the game could cost you your life.
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.

"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.  Ain't It Cool News
"The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick.  Louis B. Hobson, JAM! Movies

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Director's Cut, English, French

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/26/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 92158
Video UPC UPC: 00026359215827
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alison Eastwood
Video Cast Info Chazz Palminteri
Video Cast Info Rod Steiger
Video Cast Info Christopher Walken
Video Cast Info Michael Rosenbaum
Video Cast Info Rick Schroder
Video Cast Info Robert Morris - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gregory Martin - Director
Video Cast Info James E. Tooley - Editor
Video Cast Info Karen Beninati, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Gregory Martin - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Chris Corso - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

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

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

L.A. Times 7 of 10
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. - Manohla Dargis

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Palminteri,Chazz
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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