Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

I'm sure I've seen this at least twice, but it DOES NOT STICK. Ben Gazzara has to kill someone (I'm going to go out on a limb and guess, "a Chinese bookie"), which I think involves sneaking into a house and also maybe being in a phone booth.* It's got to be because of gambling debts—a kind of preemptive self-defense, maybe?—and I think I remember that he just basically kills the guy with way less dramatic complication than seems possible: this is another one of those movies that, in my memory, is about 12 minutes long.

Yes! Phone booth!

* In this way, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is indistinguishable from Singles.

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