The Big Town (1987)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, Thriller

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J.C. Cullen arrives in Chicago and, with his cool hand, becomes a top dice roller. But when he meets a beautiful dancer, his luck may have finally run out - her husband is a ruthless killer.


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6 April 2000 | pool2000
An undiscovered gem about gambling, sex, and growing up in a tough world
This is Matt Dillon's best performance by far. This shows why everyone thinks he has such talent. But like most of his other work, this movie is dark and realistic about human nature -- in a word, truthful. All the characters have at least two levels -- the superficial level, and a deeper level which is usually darker and more warped, yet never exaggerated. This film also features a masterful performance by Tommy Lee Jones, an excellent job by Suzy Amis, and Diane Lane's most sensational, most lurid, and deepest performance ever in her depiction of a scheming strip tease queen, the ultimate femme fatale, yet a tortured little girl underneath.

The script is very good, very insightful, very restrained in its depiction of a lurid underworld of raw emotion. It dramatizes a world of sin and depravity, yet the story is at core a morality play in which decency and morality not only survive but thrive in spite of extreme temptations.

A good movie on every level.

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$776,675 27 September 1987

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