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The Big Town (1987)

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ben Bolt, Harold Becker (uncredited)

Writers:

Clark Howard (novel), Robert Roy Pool (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... J.C. Cullen
Diane Lane ... Lorry Dane
Tommy Lee Jones ... George Cole
Bruce Dern ... Mr. Edwards
Lee Grant ... Ferguson Edwards
Tom Skerritt ... Phil Carpenter
Suzy Amis ... Aggie Donaldson
David Marshall Grant ... Sonny Binkley
Don Francks ... Carl Hooker
Del Close ... Deacon Daniels
Meg Hogarth ... Dorothy Cullen
Cherry Jones ... Ginger McDonald
Alvaro D'Antonio Alvaro D'Antonio ... Prager (as Mark Danton)
David James Elliott ... Cool Guy (as David Elliott)
Steve Yorke Steve Yorke ... Garage Boy
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Storyline

It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves for the big city to work as a professional gambler. While there, he breaks the bank at a private craps game at the Gem Club, owned by George Cole, and falls in love with two women, one of them Cole's wife. Infuriated, Cole wagers everything on the craps table, including the Gem Club itself, and he and Cullen have it out. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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When things get hot, people get burned . . . bet on it! (Video Australia) See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Arm See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,733,017
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Tommy Lee Jones and Lee Grant; and four Oscar nominees: Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, 'Sarah Polley' (Qv) and 'Bruce Dern'. See more »

Goofs

The sound of dice rolling after Cole announces their total. See more »

Quotes

George Cole: Cullen, you're gonna pay for this!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Tommy Lee Jones (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL
Written by Charles F. Calhoun
Performed by Big Joe Turner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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fantastic,atmospheric entertainment
10 December 2002 | by littiSee all my reviews

What a surprisingly good movie this one turned out to be. This is the type of film that I've been looking for ages. Particularly important for me was the fantastic-looking Chicago, which I still keep thinking about. The back cover doesn't do this film justice, it's superb, and in my top-5 for sure.


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