The cast of Saint Jack (1979)
The cast of Saint Jack (1979)
Saint Jack (1979)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Saint Jack

Peter Bogdanovich | United States | 1979 | MA15+

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Wed 5 Jul 2023

Ben Gazzara gives one of his greatest performances as the titular Singapore pimp with a heart of gold, who finds time during his various schemes to develop a friendship with Denholm Elliott’s uptight English accountant. Bogdanovich’s adaptation of Paul Theroux’s novel struggled to find its audience at the time of release but was an assured return to form after several misfires. Eschewing his earlier reliance on genre homages for something more open and ambiguous results in a somewhat Cassavetesian vibe, bringing the director’s facility with actors to the fore. With Bogdanovich and George Lazenby in supporting roles.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: American Genre Film Archive
Runtime: 112 mins

Event duration

112 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Born in upstate New York to immigrants who had fled the Nazis, Peter Bogdanovich (1939–2022) will always be remembered as the notable American auteur who took the French path from criticism to filmmaking...

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