The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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Cosmo Vittelli (Ben Gazzara), the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When Cosmo loses big-time at an underground casino run by mobster Mort (Seymour Cassel), he isn't able to pay up. Mort then offers Cosmo the chance to pay back his debt by knocking off a pesky, Mafia-protected bookie.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Sunday February 15 1976
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Cassavetes
Screenwriter: John Cassavetes
Cast: Ben Gazzara
Timothy Carey
Seymour Cassel
Azizi Johari
Virginia Carrington
Meade Roberts
Alice Friedland
Soto Joe Hugh
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