another one of those movies that got away. Another one that has disappeared
from peoples memories and their
video collections. It is basically a fine movie paying honest attention to the
gambling as well as rolling over the top with a story and a decent (very) cast.
Should you be a
blues fan as well then you are in for a treat. Everybody who was anybody in the
Chicago blues scene in the '70s is playing their own stuff on the score.
First though, the
gambling. We are so often treated to glimpses of private craps games in
American movies its as though we all know how to play. We don't, but here we
almost see the ins-and-outs of a professional setup to rid the Chicago scene of
its money. Its semi-believable. The Craps action is completely believable and
they bring in a few nice touches like the loaded dice scene.
The story? Well its
an older 'hardcase' pro with a nice girl and the young upstart threatens
everything kind of movie. Tommy Lee Jones does a good job of being the pro and
Matt Dillon plays Matt Dillon. What is good and bad about the film is the way
in which no character has any humane features, they are all what they do which
is just true about gamblers and gangsters.
What's wrong with
it is the plot gets very thin with motive. People do the nastiest of things for
very little reason.
||Ben Bolt (II)
||Clark Howard & Robert Roy Pool
||Tommy Lee Jones
is always on his side. Tonight, she's on fire."