Saint Jack


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.


Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

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