The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (2008) There was such a thing as independent film before Sundance and sex, lies, and videotape . And tough-guy actor–turned–director John Cassavetes was its master and…
Movie on DVD Review

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (2008)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie | The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Image credit: Everett Collection
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2008; DVD Release Date: Nov 04, 2008; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Seymour Cassel and Ben Gazzara

There was such a thing as independent film before Sundance and sex, lies, and videotape. And tough-guy actor–turned–director John Cassavetes was its master and martyr. With pals like Ben Gazzara and wife Gena Rowlands as his personal repertory company, Cassavetes' no-budget dramas were anything but vanity projects. They were — and remain — gritty antidotes to Hollywood artifice and gloss. In A Woman Under the Influence, Rowlands gives a harrowing performance as a housewife coming unhinged. In The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Gazzara struts like a polyester peacock, playing a doomed nightclub owner in debt to the wrong people. The DVDs are loaded with extras, like interviews with the stars, who rightly regard their friend's movies as miracles in miniature. A

Originally posted Oct 29, 2008 Published in issue #1019 Nov 07, 2008 Order article reprints