Big Shot - Confessions of a Campus Bookie
- NCAA sport wagering awareness video
- featurette - The Real Bookie: Benny Tells His Story
- TV spots
Top Customer Reviews
The subplot with Callie is cute, especially when she mocks him. This movie is great, even after repeated viewings.
the DVD's best extra, of the real benny silman explaining what happened, is a raw take on the situation from a guy who genuinely seems to understand he did wrong. (note that, as best i could tell, no footage was added or subtracted from the TV version of the actual movie, in case you hoped to see callie nude or witness benny brutally unloading a machine gun on big red and his posse.)
flaws: the video transfer, though generally glossy and praiseworthy, is a little messy in a couple spots (most noticeably when benny is selling suits). and the spanish subtitles consistently refer to ASU as the university of arizona - an obvious sore spot for any ASU alum!
anyway, i watched it twice the first day i bought it, and this was a movie i'd already seen once on TV.
highly recommended. thanks for releasing this, FX.
Some minor details aren't historically accurate, mostly the timing of the events following the scandal, but that's expected any time a movie is based on a true story. David Krumholtz, in one of his first leading roles, did a great job portraying the real Benny Silman, and looks and sounds almost exactly like him. This movie is basically Benny's side of the story, as most people are familiar with Hedake's side, from what he's stated in interviews with Sports Illustrated and SLAM Magazine. From someone who grew up watching Stevin Smith play and looking up to him, I'm really disappointed at how much he lied about what really happened to better his image, and get a reduced sentence.
This movie answers any and all questions regarding what really happened with the point-shaving scandal ASU dealt with in 1994. If you're a college hoops fan, or just a sports fan in general, this movie will definitely appeal to you.
Bennie, I never knew personally, I did not know of this happening as a student while at ASU. There is a special scene of a charactor
who resembled the Uni-Brow Pat Tillman ASU Football player, NFL Cardnals Legend and former Ranger (It is my opinion Pat was too straight and would not be involved in throwing a game for the MOB).
The fates of some students at ASU at the end of the film is quite shocking. Wait until the very end and Benny gives a real life interview.
Hats off and applause to the casting director because these people look exactly like who I saw on campus when I was a student.
I would love to take classes from the productions staff who made this amazing movie not to be missed. To think this was going
on and I did not know about it just blew me away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i first saw this movie on lifetime ,and i finly got this on dvd...thank you very much amazon.comPublished 6 months ago by Michael e Silver
Remember this movie from TV... great history lesson and well put together as an entertaining movie. DVD is very basic but glad I own it.Published 10 months ago by Jim Boatright
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