|The Killing of a Chinese Bookie|
Cassavetes' brilliant noir excursion is the perfect fusion between his ramshackle world of lovable losers and the more traditional conventions of Hollywood genre filmmaking.
At its centre, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
offers a compelling character study of an affable nightclub owner at the end of his luck (played with grizzled charm by Cassavetes regular, Ben Gazzara), who is forced to pay a mounting gambling debt by 'taking out' the Chinese bookie of the film's title.
"A post-noir masterpiece" Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader