Johnny Doyle Mars Callahan was a teenaged orphan when Joe Chazz Palminteri took him under his wing and taught him everything there is to know about shooting pool. I use to appreciate this film very much, but re watching it, you kind of notice that the script needs a bit of work and that that the acting is somewhat sketchy by Mars Callahan who acts also as the film screenwriter and director. Callahan didn't quite know exactly how to use it and it shows. But it never achieves anything beyond great. When Johnny learns just how far Joe has gone to keep him down, Johnny breaks away from him, but Joe and his thugs take revenge against Johnny by breaking his wrists. Joe retaliates by getting Johnny's brother involved.
Everybody gone all quiet and shit? But Joe has found a new player, Brad Rick Schroder , whose talent rivals Johnny's, and he's not sure if he knows a way to beat him on the green felt. Walken, in particular, seems to have fun with delivering the plot related lines with a slight smirk. Johnny Doyle: You watch my mouth, Chico. Johnny is a pool shark who has been under the guidance of a shady mentor, Joe. The film is at times uneven, and you can see that there are aspects that they could have improved on, but for the most part it's average film thats very entertaining. I lose 80 I get another 80.
A very fun movie about hustlers in the poolhall. For me it doesn't matter. The film follows a group of hustlers at a local pool hall who end up crossing a professional pool-hustler that's out for revenge. This makes Johnny come back to the world of the pool shark for one last big game against Joe and his player, and a rich backer, Mike, shows up to help Johnny with the finances. I've been beatin' this Jimmy Walker lookin' motherfucker all goddamn night, he can't win. Problem is, his dialogue isn't smart like Tarantino.
Here's another director who saw how Tarantino liked to write quick, snappy dialogue, and thought he could get in on it too. See, I think it's you. Mike attempts to break off his connections with the hustler life, but cannot help to continue playing pool. Tara Alison Eastwood , Johnny's upper-crust girlfriend, urges him to get out of the pool racket, and Johnny grudgingly agrees, though he feels empty without the excitement of the table. Poolhall Junkies is nothing special, but it isn't all that bad either. The movie eventually boils down to a showdown where Mike has to prove himself as a master pool player. Still, Poolhall Junkies is a fun and entertaining film that's good for some laughs.
Poolhall Junkies is an indie film with some edgy comedy and clever writing. While the plot is pretty familiar, as I have mentioned, the movie is about having a good time watching it. About a minute ago it was like an evening at the Apollo up in this motherfucker, now all of a sudden it's quiet as a church. Unless, of course, I'm blind folded and hand cuffed with a pool cue stickin' out of my ass. You put down 80 thousand like it didn't matter. The story revolves around a young guy, Mike played by writer and director Mars Callahan, who has a natural gift at pool, but has been raised by a mentor, played by Chazz Palmenteri to hustle others. Johnny became a genius with a cue, but while he dreamed of becoming a respected professional billiards player, Joe preferred to keep him working along the lower rungs of pool hustling.
One thing is for sure, Callahan's idea of casting Chaz Palminteri and Christopher Walken was a good idea, and there the ones who really deliver on screen. Johnny decides to give pool playing another go, and teams up with Mike Christopher Walken , who bankrolls hustlers and would like to take Joe down a notch or two. However, the film takes a while to find its direction and has a few too many side stories going on. That's a lot of money for somebody like you and him. Mike: How much you got, Joe? Unless, of course, I'm blind folded and hand cuffed with a pool cue stickin' out of my ass. The ensemble cast works well, creating a rich and interesting group of characters. The movie is saved by Chazz Palminteri and especially Christopher Walken, though.
Through this he manages to meet his girlfriends uncle, played by Chris Walken who takes a liken to him. It moves along quickly enough and there's also the help of Chris Walken stepping in and giving off some great lines. Interesting concept for a film, Poolhall Junkies is the story of a Proffesional pool player and hustler Johnny Dyole who wants to go ligit and break away from his dishonest mentor, Joe. And, there's a lot of sharp dialog that's edgy and fun. There's a certain amount of fun that comes from the film, but in the end, it is brought down by its own stupidity. Poolhall Junkies also features Rod Steiger in one of his final roles; the film didn't see theatrical release until nearly nine months after his death.
Or maybe you'd bet the twenty thousand then? The film is a mix of comedy, crime and drama and it's quite an interesting blend of genres in one film. When Joe didn't allow that, and Johnny finds out; he gets out. The film also boasts a good soundtrack and enough style to make it standout a bit. Johnny never wanted to be a hustler, he wanted to be a pro. That's all right, Chico, I don't blame you. The dialogue is witty, and the script is smartly conceived, but it's obvious that this is a film by a first time screenwriter and director. Joe: How the fuck does that make you feel.