Saint Jack

Film

Time Out says

Gazzara simply plays himself, in this adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel, as a genial American pimp in Singapore who tangles first with the local Triads, and then with the CIA. Bogdanovich turns the character into a sentimental paragon of virtue, and softens the hard profile of America's Far Eastern imperialism, ending up with a movie that reeks of the hollow travelogue sincerity it purports to despise. The director's smugness effortlessly trumps Robby Müller's camera-work and the good performances (notably from Denholm Elliott). Hard to imagine how anyone could make less of such a promising subject.

Details

Release details

Duration:
115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Screenwriter:
Howard Sackler, Paul Theroux, Peter Bogdanovich
Cast:
Ben Gazzara
Denholm Elliott
James Villiers
Joss Ackland
Rodney Bewes
Mark Kingston
Lisa Lu
Monika Subramaniam
Judy Lim
George Lazenby
Peter Bogdanovich