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Book of Numbers

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Two waiters in depression-era arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.

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Studio Music Video Dist
SKU 206465898
UPC 018619757291
UPC 14 00018619757291
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Cast & Crew
Brownie McGhee, et. al. - Original Music By
D'Urville Martin - Actor
Freda Payne - Actor
Gayne Rescher - Cinematographer
Irving Rosenblum - Editor
Larry Spiegel - Writer
Philip Michael Thomas - Actor
Raymond St. Jacques - Director
Raymond St. Jacques - Actor
Raymond St. Jacques, et. al. - Producer
Robert Deane Pharr - Writer
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Raymond St. Jacques' "Book of Numbers" is an easygoing period comedy about the numbers game, punctuated by a not excessive amount of violence, and ending with a moral which, if it isn't exactly uplifting, is no doubt true. Shot on location in Dallas, it's set in a small-sized Southern city in the early days of the Depression. The story line is simple enough: Two black gangsters Raymond St. Jacques and Philip Thomas) come to town to start a numbers racket. They eventually build such a big bank that the white Mafia wants to take over, and there's a gang war that spoils everybody's fun...The movie is lavish in its attention to period detail. It's full of great-looking clothes, cars and sets, and the actors are generally successful at recreating a black life style that has now mostly disappeared. It's sometimes a little hard to accept non-militant black characterizations (we never see them in the new black movies), "Book of Numbers" has a point to make: If blacks had to play a role to survive, they did - and they did survive...It's the best looking movie about the 1930s since "Bonnie and Clyde," and it sounds good, too. St. Jacques (who produced and directed as well as starring) hired Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee to do his score, and their easy charm on the harmonica and banjo is joyous.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...lavish in its attention to period detail...It's the best looking movie about the 1930s since "Bonnie and Clyde"...
Time Magazine ...a raucous, picaresque, raunchy kind of charm...

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